Now I know how it feels to be a victim of fashion body image

Girls are bombarded with messages about how they should look.  The male gaze is always upon them.

Most boys, and men, barely look in the mirror.  Dandruff?  Really?  Oh, I’ll brush it off.  Comb-over is not in style?  Oh, but still I think it looks good.  My belly’s hanging over my belt?  … stop… what does a guy do when he thinks that?  He rubs his belly… “good old belly… always there for me.”  So my point it, most guys could care less. Duh, deep down, occasionally, they care. But not the way girls care.

Then today my daughter tells me. “Dad, why don’t you shave your arms and your legs.  All that hair.  It’s weird.”  Sigh.  I’ll never see my body as the same old friendly “me” again.  I don’t even measure up for someone who has known me all her life.  Imagine what a stranger must think looking at me!

About mkevane

Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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