Most individuals believe that fat or overweight people are lazy, ugly, stinky, unwanted and unkempt. This fat hate is what motivates the “cult of thinness”. Our Americans know consciously that the men and women in the magazines look better than any person possibly could in real life. However, unconsciously the message presented is that we should look like this. The truth is that the media wants to sell all cultures of men women discontentment in order to make a profit. Perfect idealisms of beauty negatively impact our children, our teens, our young women and men differently but equally.
Even with the numbers of male anorexia and steroid use on the rise, women are mostly placed in media coverage on disordered eating and depression. The coverage always analyzes how the culture today affects women but overlooks its effects on the males. What we forget to notice is how many men are also becoming disturbed by the images they see. They become dissatisfied with their partners, displeased when they look at their own muscles, and restless when they aren’t preforming the best in sports or aren’t bulked up enough. The culture not only affects their outlook on themselves but also their relationships and outlook on others.
As, Michael Levine, who published, Why I Hate Beauty, simply put it, “Men are barraged with images of extraordinarily beautiful and unobtainable women in the media, making it difficult for them to desire the ordinarily beautiful.” Our standards certainly make it difficult for us to appreciate natural beauty in one another (Levine). The article goes on to state that the reason these guys are single is because they are constantly being reminded to remain discontented with the partners they have. Most men who are in relationships answered in surveys that they do not find their current partner to be their number one and first choice and that they just settle a woman (Levine). He says most males in this generation do not even know what it even means to be a man. They feel they have to be tough, emotionless, and strong when they may in fact not feel secure or masculine personally. A book titled The Male Body discusses that even men either homosexual or heterosexual feel that to be solely reliant on another opinion on their looks for their on self-esteem is in and of itself unmanly and an effeminate trait. Ideas such as masculinity come from ancient Greece and related directly to our culture today (Body).
An interview with Dr. Danaher gave this researcher insight on how high standards of perfection affect men’s self-esteem instead of women. She says that men are alarmingly becoming more interested in their appearance similarly to women. (Danaher) The topic of “Fitspo” was brought up and we discussed how it affects men interested in fitness. It is a collection of pictures and quotes that glorify a certain body shape and size. There are numerous pictures of men and women participating in physical activity and eating “good...