Sunday, May 8, 2011

On being 'healthy'.

It's rare to find a young woman who doesn't feel the pressure to conform to society's ideal body image, one that varies by culture. In the States, I would argue that the 'ideal' body type still remains to be a size 2, 18" waistline with a 34D cup bust, even though the majority of women never could and never will fit into that size. We're just not built that way (nor should we be, generally speaking). 

However, after living in Korea for a while, I've seen how much more slim the women here are supposed to look. As a woman in the States, I feel like muscles are a sign of physical power and health. It means we are being active.

But as I said, the ideal body type varies by culture, and South Korea's image is definitely different from that in the States.

As a foreigner, I feel as though I am generally excused from these standards because I am not Korean (although I understand this is completely subjective). However, it makes me a little more than uneasy to see this and not be able to do something about it. Check this out. You only have to watch the first third to understand what I mean.



And if that's being 'healthy' or 'sturdy', then I'll take those labels anyday.

THAT GOES FOR THE MEDIA IN THE STATES, TOO. FEED YOUR MODELS.
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2 comments:

  1. wow! that's a little hard to watch! perfect upper bodies and sturdy legs ! doll like figures! it's sad that healthy is a bad thing. to me all these women have great legs (and bodies) too!!!

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  2. that is unbelievably fucked up! hot damn!

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