…Is it possible that seeing ourselves represented in films, on television, and in advertisements would perhaps lift this oppressive obsession, leaving us free to concentrate on more important matters?
Lawley continues: “We could be getting angry about unequal pay and unequal opportunities, but we’re too busy being told we’re not thin enough or curvy enough. We’re holding ourselves back.”
Writer and professor Melanie Klein similarly laments:
“The time and energy that girls and women expend in pursuit of a culturally crafted, ephemeral, and illusive beauty ideal is time and energy that could be spent on other things. It’s not just a personal loss; it is a cultural siphoning off of talents, skills, and creativity that we desperately need.”
At some point, we need to realize that our bodies don’t define us. What do define us are our actions, our beliefs, how we treat people, and so many other aspects of our personalities.