Cindy Crawford Makes Me Feel Inadequate
I recently asked my students to write down their thoughts on a nude-ish picture of Cindy Crawford to see if attitudes had changed since sociologist, Beth Eck, studied reactions more than a decade ago.
Dr. Eck found that these images made women feel bad about their own bodies.
Do they still?
Yes. But less so than a decade ago.
Young women seem to have a bit better body image these days. Maybe improved self image has been helped by increased questioning of beauty ideals and awareness of Photoshop, etc.
But still, Cindy made nearly half of the women feel bad about their bodies.
Around 40% said the picture made them feel insecure, or wish they were thinner, or wish they had bigger boobs, or wish they looked like her.
But about one-third also thought the image was unrealistic and probably Photoshopped. It’s possible that the women were noticing a sense of insecurity and working to overcome it by remembering that even supermodels don’t look like supermodels in real life.
A couple of women thought marketers wanted them to feel insecure in hopes of selling stuff.
I’m glad that things are improving. But we still have a ways to go.
Posted on January 27, 2016, in body image, feminism, psychology, sex and sexuality, women and tagged body image, Cindy Crawford, feminism, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, women. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.