Well Cared For
February 18, 2012 § 4 Comments
While reading the essay by Christy Haubegger, I felt extremely inspired. I would like to find a girl that is completely satisfied with her appearance. If you know her, tell her to give me a call. As far as I know, everyone is self-conscious about some part of their body.
For me, growing up I was always compared against my beautiful sister. When we talk about the perfect girl in class, my sister resembles that. She’s 5’9”, about 120 lbs, perfect figure. She has piercing green eyes and bright blond, curly hair. She was perfect. Myself on the other hand, I was never anywhere near this “perfect” image. I was average in every definition of the word. It took me a long time to feel confident in my own skin, and just like every other girl, I’m still not as “perfect” as I’d like to be.
In the case of Christy, it took a trip to Mexico for her to realize that she would not trade her body for that “perfect” image any day. She realized that she was perfect in her very own way. I loved this essay because it takes so much confidence and self reflection to get to a point in your life where body image isn’t taking over.
As we’ve been talking in class, negative body image can be literally life threatening. It is important for women and girls to find that one moment when everything comes together. I’m not really sure if that goal is even reachable, but as feminists, I do believe that it is important for women (and men) to speak up and let all girls know that they aren’t alone. It is not by any means a simple task, but if girls would see their curves are bien cuidadas, the world would be a much happier place.