Monday Media: Body Image

You can think I’m a big nerd if you want to, but I started watching Drop Dead Diva on Netflix.  It’s not the type of show I usually watch.  I much prefer Psych, Castle, White Collar, and  Warehouse 13 – you know,  clean, funny, mystery shows with a plot; or anything on the Food Network…but I like lots of girly stuff too. 🙂

I’ve only watched the first couple of episodes, and I don’t know if I’ll keep it up, but so far I think it’s kind of an interesting show.  I think it’s interesting to watch someone come to terms with the way they are perceived and how they judge themselves because of their appearance.  I also think it’s interesting how they address how different people feel in their bodies.  I don’t think we all experience the same cravings or temptations.  We each have different challenges.  Something I might think is easy to endure, someone else would think excruciating and vice versa.

It’s something I’ve thought about after losing weight.  I wonder if I still think in terms of being overweight and feeling judged by that appearance.  I read this article “Teen girls: weight loss and self-esteem” and how teenagers who had lost weight still had low self esteem.  I felt like I could relate in a way because I realized after losing weight that I still felt fat, which made me realize how VERY fat I was before!  I thought, gosh, I must have looked really gross before if I still feel gross even now.  

I saw the image below the other day and thought it was interesting.  It is sad that society has convinced women they have to be thin to be beautiful.  While I agree that we should all work to be as healthy as we can be, I don’t believe we should judge people by their appearance.  Can you image a world where we could all see one another how Christ sees us?  He perceives all our strengths and weaknesses, and yet He still loves us with the deepest and truest love imaginable. What if we all realized our true potential and did not limit ourselves to the finite view of ourselves?

I love this quote by C. S. Lewis:

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.”

 

Alas, I do sin in my wish

More on this:

“The Tongue Can Be A Sharp Sword” by Elder Marvin J. Ashton: http://www.lds.org/ensign/1992/05/the-tongue-can-be-a-sharp-sword?lang=eng
“You Matter to Him” by President Deiter F. Uchtdorf: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/you-matter-to-him?lang=eng
“Forget Me Not” by President Deiter F. Uchtdorf: http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/general-relief-society-meeting/2011/09/forget-me-not?lang=eng

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2 thoughts on “Monday Media: Body Image

  1. Cindy Thompson says:

    Enjoyed your thoughts. I remember when society turned the corner to thinner was beautiful. I believe it was when Twiggy became the number one model. Before that you were allowed to have some curves. What size was Marilyn Monroe? Something like 14 or 16? Twiggy comes in and we still haven’t been able to get past it. Thin, straight as a stick, and tall. Sad actually because it is so unrealistic.

    • j0di8 says:

      Well, Marilyn Monroe may have been a bigger size back in her day, but our sizing charts have changed to reflect the attitudes of our culture. What used to be a size 12 back then is now maybe a size 4 (I will have to find the source of this). Still, I appreciate Monroe’s attitude about beauty. There is no perfect definition just perception.

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