I love Pinterest probably as much as the next person. However, as much as I love Pinterest, it certainly messes with my head. I am someone who loves to be in the kitchen so naturally I love all the recipes on Pinterest but then I see all the pins about exercise and I feel super guilty for even thinking about the recipes I pinned.
I’m going to guess that I’m not the only girl who feels this way. Seeing two things that are contradictory in one location represented by glamorous and eye catching images creates an internal war.
It doesn’t help that Pinterest is host to a lot of memes about body image either. As if the conflicting images weren’t enough then you throw in sarcastic comments about eating habits and working out and the little bit of confidence you might have had left slips away.
Pinterest isn’t the thing that women continuously interact with despite conflicting or negative depictions about body image. Women interact with it almost constantly. Watching television, reading magazines, shopping for clothes. All of these activities and more are subjections to a false reality of what is considered the “real” body shape and size. Think about mannequins for instance. How many of us love the way that something looks on a mannequin but are then disappointed when it doesn’t seem to fit the same way when we try it on? That’s because mannequins are not proportional to how we actually look so of course things aren’t going to fit the same, we’re real and we’re normal.
Why do we subject ourselves to this?
Well, in truth it’s hard to escape it. Even if we decided to stop going onto Pinterest and stop reading magazines and watching television and stop shopping for clothes, not only do we become a recluse, but we’re bound to come across it in another aspect of our lives. The “real” body image is displayed in so many places using so many different medias that it is ingrained into society to a point where it’s difficult if not impossible to remove.
So now what do we do?
Since we can’t escape it and it’s unhealthy and unnecessary for us to join in, we need to change it. We are the advocates for our own image. Look at how far we have already come as women. Why can’t we go even further and take those quotation marks away the from the real in image? Pictures in magazines should be of normal sized women, mannequins need to be made to be more accurate to what real women look like, and we need to embrace who we are.
To get my opinion on some other aspects of body image please watch an interview video from the blog Beautiful Recovery that I am in. Please check out Beautiful Recovery here.