When I was a teenager, all the women on the magazine covers and faces on TV and movies were T.I.N.Y. They joked that the model’s diet was cigarettes and diet coke because that’s all they’d have during the day to keep them going. The target body type was skinny with big boobs. That type of “perfection” was clearly unattainable to the average woman on the street, but if you consider the “model’s diet” it was clearly unattainable within the celebrity world, too, or else they wouldn’t have needed that diet in the first place.
Today, we’re living in a culture that recognizes that women’s bodies are different. We are taught that we should embrace our sizes with healthy eating and a well-rounded life style. I really do appreciate the teaching to be healthy at your size than the unhealthy images that I saw when I was young. But let’s also consider what our selfie culture is doing to our own self-esteem.
What do you think when you see a famous person undress for a camera? Really, think about it. Do you think a person that is posting naked pictures is confident in their body? Or does it seem more like a cry to “LOOK AT ME!”?
What about your friends? What about yourself? Think about it!! If you undress and share pictures of yourself are you looking for others to say, “Wow, you look amazing!” or are you trying to gain attention? What does this say about your self-esteem?
Or think about it this way… What if you’re looking at selfies of others thinking, “Gosh, I’ll never look that good” or “They have it all together because they’re so beautiful.”
So, here’s your writing assignment: I want you to write what makes you feel bad about yourself. Is it someone at school or a celebrity in the media or maybe a close friend?
Then, I want you to write 3 positive things about yourself that no amount of selfie posting can change.
Okay, that’s it. Happy writing, Epic Inkers.
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Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!