Please enjoy this article and graphic from my friend Frederik Drost over at Katoni.
Body image issues are an all high phenomenon today. They have probably existed for a while now, but since internet gave a voice to everyone, we hear about it almost everyday.
And it is a serious problem, because it affects not only our mental health but also our physical health. And both are connected to the extent that one can influence the other.
But recent discussions and controversies have mostly, to my opinion, been focused on women. Now don’t get me wrong. There is a non-negligible pressure on women to look like modern beauty standards, but there is also equal amount of pressure on men. Trust me, there is.
The problem is that men are often raised to suppress their feelings, and popular culture still hasn’t fully accepted men that open up their feelings to the world.
And I think that sharing your views, opinions, feelings on the subject and most importantly, share knowledge, can help many gain perspective on the concept of beauty ideals.
But for what I have seen, the subject is widely covered for women, while men can enjoy a few scientific articles. Again, don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think it’s unfair or because nobody cares, but simply because men are not keen to talk about it. When you ask your dad about his oversized belly, he usually responds “ all well and payed for”.
That is why I have made this infographic showcasing western beauty ideals throughout modern history for both genders. Hopefully this can help anyone questioning their own beauty to see how made up these ideals are.
And don’t be misled by the title:
The perfect body doesn’t exist and the proof is here: