Thursday February 22, 2018

Here is Why Mannequins are responsible for the Rise of ‘Body Image’ Issues!

Mannequins are found to have unusual body types that can be matched almost to a severely underweight woman

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Mannequins in clothing stores
Mannequins at display in clothing stores. Pixabay
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  • Most of the mannequins occupying the fashion-stores are not only disturbingly thin, and possess quite unusual and chiseled looks
  • It has been revealed that eating disorders, thyroid problems are among the number of issues that are caused due to such shapes
  • Altering the shape and size of the regular mannequins will not resolve the issues and solve the body-image problems in an instant

June 22, 2017: When we walk into a retail shop or a clothing store, we are confronted by mannequins whose shapes are nothing that resemble most of the girls and the women that we know. Most of the mannequins occupying the fashion-stores are not only disturbingly thin, and possess quite unusual and chiseled looks.

Mannequins are found to have unusual body types that can be matched almost to a severely underweight woman. Now, this unrealistic representation of the human body is not only confined to female mannequins; the male counterparts of those life-sized statues are not any different. But the women of the society have been observed to be more affected by this unrealistic representation of the human shape, because body-image issues impact the women more than it does so to the men.

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Surveys and research all over the world show that multiple diseases and problems are caused by the mannequins with their ‘emaciated’ body shapes. It has been revealed that eating disorders, thyroid problems are among the number of issues that are caused due to such shapes; as women, mostly children and teenagers and the young adults, tend to acquire the unrealistic chiseled shapes like the model mannequins of the store as the fashion clothing on those are appealing to the extreme. Hence, the desire to possess such a body results into eating disorders and multiple other problems including the heavy obsession with surgeries and intake of steroids and such stimulators that affect the muscles and the cells. Failing to do that, one falls prey to depression. It has become a widespread issue around the globe now.

In young girls, the obsession for dolling up and looking perfect like the hugely famous Barbie doll is quite an old issue. The ultra-thin mannequins donning attractive outfits in the fashion stores, take that issue one step further as to leading the young girls into believing that the body shapes flaunted by those mannequins are the standardized representation of a perfect female form. Hence, an overweight kid is often found to be depressed or suffering from inferiority complex, born from the fear of not being accepted into the society.

Absurdly thin mannequins have been an age-old topic of conversation. But, given the rise of body-positivity and abolishing the social stigma of fat-shaming and body-image issues, the unrealistic representation of the female body by the mannequins, is a much-researched concern now.

Altering the shape and size of the regular mannequins will not resolve the issues and solve the body-image problems in an instant. It has to be communicated to the young girls, adolescents, and the young-adult females of the society, that the unattainable body-shape showcased by the mannequins, is not the ideal human form to chase after! Also, the society needs to become more open-minded, less judgmental, and way more accepting in order to lift the curse posed by body-image issues. We still have a long way to go. But the change should begin now, the time has arrived!

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC
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The Facets Of Body Positivity That Needs To Be Addressed Actively

Society and media have made our bodies a taboo, but we need to rise above all the stereotyping and shaming

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Body positivity is all about loving, embracing and accepting our body. Pixabay
Body positivity is all about loving, embracing and accepting our body. Pixabay

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Body positivity is a beautiful and very empowering concept
  • However, it is slowly becoming constantly flawed because of stereotyping and shaming
  • Body positivity is a two-way street where we don’t need to tear down one body type to make the other feel better

Body Positivity is a beautiful concept.  It encourages one to feel confident in their own skin. It is all about celebrating ourselves and our body. Body positivity is all about loving and accepting our bodies as they are, ignoring whatever standards society tries to dump upon us.

Body Positivity is not only about feeling good about our own body type but also appreciating other body types as well. Pixabay
Body Positivity is not only about feeling good about our own body type but also appreciating other body types as well. Pixabay

But are we really going that way?

One may think, yes. The world is definitely becoming more accepting of all body types and skin colours, but at what cost? Most of the body positivity movements that public is aware of are the people who are on the ‘healthier side’ of the body-size spectrum. ‘Fat’ has almost become an insult. But what about the ‘Thin’?

Be it Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor, or any other mainstream artist who people like to listen to, they all have just one thing to tell – Big butts are in and ‘skinny bitches’ may go out.

Where does that leave the body positive movements? Isn’t it highly ironical that we put down one body type in order to empower the another?

Appreciating one body type is good, amazing even, but when one body type is getting empowered while putting the other down; that’s when we need to think about the hypocrisy that we indulge in.

Blaming skinny people for the discrimination which plus-sized individuals face is extremely irrational. Pixabay
Blaming skinny people for the discrimination which plus-sized individuals face is extremely irrational. Pixabay

Blaming skinny people for the fate of chubby people is not only irrational but also extremely ridiculous. There is no denying in the fact that thin people have the benefit of being perceived as more healthy and beautiful by the society throughout the years, but we need to understand that it is not the case anymore.

Plus-size individuals do need more encouragement and empowerment for all the stigma they have attached to themselves but doing it at the cost of self-esteem of other body types is certainly not the way to go.

To remove the stigma from one body type, do we really need to attach it to another body type?

If fat-shaming is brutally hurtful, the skinny-shaming hurts no less. We are disillusioned to a point where obesity has become a major concern whereas half the population is clueless about disorders like Anorexia.

We should work on our body for ourselves and not for the society and its irrational standards. Pixabay
We should work on our body for ourselves and not for the society and its irrational standards. Pixabay

Body positivity is slowly becoming a highly confounded concept where asking someone to lose weight is seen more as an insult than a health concern. And then the hypocrisy of the fact that asking someone to lose weight is insulting, whereas asking someone to eat more is not.

Curves are beautiful but that doesn’t mean skinny arms aren’t. The hypocrisy with which everyone sees body positivity needs to change. Also, we need to understand that body positivity is not gender specific.

If insulting a girl for her body is not fair, then insulting a boy for the same is just as unfair. Shaming a guy for being too thin while appreciating a girl of the same is where we are going wrong with body positivity as well as equality.

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Body positivity needs to be a two-way road. It is all about empowerment. However, the concept is getting lost and is becoming muddy water for many to understand.

The size of shirt or dress you wear doesn’t matter more than your own health. Eating what you like and when you like is absolutely okay as long as you’re healthy. Body positivity is all about embracing our bodies and being healthy. We don’t need to tear other body types down in order to feel good about ourselves.

Not all chubby people are cute and not all skinny people are attitude-ridden lads. It is high time we gave up stereotypes and learn to co-exist with others as well as ourselves.

Our body needs to be healthy and not of a particular size. Pixabay
Our body needs to be healthy and not of a particular size. Pixabay

Our body is much more than what exterior form, it is the home to our essence and being. It needs to be loved, admired, and most importantly accepted as it is. If we are to change anything in our body, it should be because we want to and not because we need to under the pressure of the society.

Society and media have made our bodies a taboo, but we need to rise above all the stereotyping and shaming. Body positivity is not just about physical health but also mental, psychological and spiritual health. Our bodies are our own and only thing which matters is its health along with our own.