Big, roundish eyes? Thin lips? Love handles? Christian mother arms? Skinny waist? Chopstick legs? Rabbit ears?
There’s always that one thing about our physical bodies that we are not ever fully convinced about
Over the years, women have been carried along a confusing timeline of societal image expectations mostly subconscious like any other culturally imbibed practice.
In times past in the Efik community, for instance, women were before marriage, sentenced to six months in a fattening room where they were only meant to eat and sleep for six months prior to their marriages. Over weight, super chubby women were priced possessions for men of marriagable age. And so in their community, being slim and slender bore negative connotations.
On the other hand, in the larger society, and due to the early proliferation of beauty pageants with skinny contestants and even skinnier winners, being slender became the way to be. That seems to have trailed on till recent times. Jogging gears and gym memberships sold out and smoothie makers smiled to the banks.
I believe we are currently in the mould and sculpture era. Women now want well-defined waists, firm and perky butts/boobs, sculpted calves, and so on. The plastic surgeons, personal trainers, waist slimming gear makers and retailers, are most definitely smiling to the bank.
In the wake of all these transitions, however, are women who are painfully aware and self-conscious about their bodies, women who have a debilitating fear of looking less than ‘expected’ even when there’s not much that can be done about this seemingly terrible shortcoming.
So what body part are you ashamed of? Your arms? With which you do everything your mind wills you to do effortlessly? The same ones you give your best buddies a high-handed high five with?
Or your big roundish eyes, that can tell when a loved one is in trouble just by one look in their face or your chopstick legs that are swift to assist and help when needed?
What body part are you ashamed of?
Our bodies regardless of how they have been fashioned or formed, are masterpieces of art and machinery and must be appreciated first and primarily by ourselves, the hearts and souls in the bodies we have been given.
Only then can we get our significant others to appreciate and love our bodies in all its imperfect perfections.
Image Credits: Lucy Love Fitness