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That’s the kind of bloody thing I think of when I get someone ranting on about ‘body image’ or ‘body awareness’ issues. It’s something I listen to and just think, ‘What the fuck is your point?’
Here’s what the good ol’ Australian government has to say on the issue:
‘Body image is an issue of concern to young people. Research tells us that negative body image can affect self-esteem and general well-being, inhibit participation in social activities and lead to serious health issues such as depression and social isolation.’
And here’s a nice simple definition from the ever popular wikipedia:
Okay. so I can gather that body image issues are when someone thinks that they’re ugly or unattractive and this seems most likely to develop in teens. Alrighty, that I can understand.
The problem I have with body image issue is the way people go about trying to solve them. I see pretty girls complain all the bloody time about how they aren’t pretty people and how no loves them. Meanwhile, their boyfriend/potentially friend-zoned male buddies are feeding them compliments and their female friend are using self-deprecating compliments. It ends up being this mushy wasteland of self-pity and obviously poor come one attempts. Freaking shocking.
I see an average guy who is worried he isn’t attractive or just feels like he could improve. He hits the gym. He fixes his diet. He cuts down on drinking. And that’s my brother and, as far as I know, he wasn’t even concerned with his body image. He just wanted to go to the gym.
So, the body image issue just seems kinda of pointless to focus on. It’s like cyber-bullying; anyone who actually freaks out over the issue has forgotten that they can take control.
And, let’s be honest here, what could you do to fix body image?
Promote ‘real models’?
Run an extensive program like the government seems to be doing, focusing on discussing issues?
Make everyone look exactly the fucking same?
All of those solution do not work. Even if everyone looked the same, some people would just freak about something else. The same way some people would freak out and be all racist even if everyone was nigh on identical.
SO, please, just fuck up about body image.
I seriously don’t care about girls who are pretty, get told constantly that they’re pretty and yet post about how ugly they are. THAT SHOULDN’T BE A FUCKING HOLE FOR TAX PAYER MONEY.
And please, if you are one of those fucking idiots who says, ‘I’m not pretty,’ despite many people saying that you are or have people asking you out just stop. Even in the worst case scenario that you are in fact an ugly wench who belongs on exhibit then you are still a person worthy of pride. Develop a better method for judging or comparing yourself.
It’s like that fucking annoying quote, ‘if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is an idiot’. DON’T BE A CLIMBING FISH. BE SOMETHING DECENT.
And please stop posting about how ugly you are. It just makes me want to post a comment which says, ‘OH WOW. I’m glad you realised that you’re hideous, I’ve been meaning to tell you but I thought it’d be awkward. Anyway, have fun with your realisation that you’re a terrible ogre monstrosity,’. If you were truly ugly and if you thought you were truly ugly, THEN YOU WOULDN’T DRAW ATTENTION TO IT.
Long story short: Body Image shouldn’t be an issue. Bitches who whine about how they look are in fact bitches. Fuck up already.
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You listen, watch or read something which points out how bad other people are. I mean I was feeling all down and wanting to fix myself up a little because I was feeling entitled to certain stuff, like a new headset and that I got a tool-set which I don’t really think I’ll be using in the short term. I felt bad and disappointed in myself because I discarded the idea before I looked at entirely. Now, I don’t feel so bad. I went to /adv/ and read a bunch of posts which complain about their situations. Then I watched a vid which highlighted a whole bunch of selfish bastard teenage kids complaining about how they didn’t get an iPhone/iPad/car and that caused their parents to be horrible human beings and their Christmas to be ruined. I felt loads better. I feel better about myself because I don’t feel entitled to anything like that. I feel grateful for whatever I get, even if it isn’t apparent to begin with, I let the idea grow on me.
But there’s something very fulfilling in reading posts about how other people are sad or about how fucking ridiculous their ideas are. It’s comforting to know that you are not a total scumbag, there are in fact people worse than you. People who complain about not having a girlfriend and yet never really try. People that complain about not getting some gadget or a car. I’m saving for a car and I don’t feel like my parents should just up and buy me one, I have to earn that sucker. That makes me feel better. I don’t complain about being overweight and yet do nothing about it, I’ll exercise and try to make better decisions when it comes to eating. If I feel bad about doing nothing all the time, I try to organise things. It’s good to know that I’m not that pathetic to have first world problems that are so easily solved and yet never solve them. If I have a problem I either get over it or fix it. Simple as that.
Reading about how other people’s lives are so fucked up is comforting for some reason. I know I probably shouldn’t take joy out of their pain but I can’t really help it. I know that my problems aren’t that bad, I could always be like this guy complaining about his iPhone being the wrong colour. Or this bitch complaining about not having a boyfriend and yet knocking back guys left, right and centre. I could be like that. Or I could live in a shit hole country, where the government isn’t just useless, they’re corrupt. I could be sick and have no access to health care. And all those factors are what keeps me feeling ok. I don’t feel overly good about myself but I don’t feel bad and that’s a good place to be.
If I really want to feel good about something I just think about a hypothetical situation. What if I am not above average? What if I’m average? Then there is a large percentage of the population which are below average. Well below. SO, that’d put the average lower and place me above that average. BAM! I feel satisfied with my intelligence but I feel a little angry that a large portion of the world don’t even discuss world issues or if they do, they have no idea what they are on about. That’s always nice.
The simple matter is, no matter how bad your problem is, someone is always worse off than you. You really can’t complain. And no matter how bad you are, you are always better than someone else. That’s nice to have. If you worry about not being logical, you can work out a logical way of dealing with that issue, thus voiding the original problem.
We all do this. We laugh at other people’s misfortune. We laugh at their pain and at their complaints. We laugh because it isn’t us. And if we have the same problem, we go on the attack, we start going at people that are laughing. We do that because it seems as if they are laughing at us. So, I don’t feel too bad when someone starts angrily commenting about things because I know I hit the mark.
And in the end, that’s why I write a lot of posts about contentious issues. I want to hit the mark.