Episode 54: Female Body Image, Media and College

Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.
— Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
‘That’s sad. How plastic and artificial life has become. It gets harder and harder to find something…real.’ Nin interlocked his fingers, and stretched out his arms. ‘Real love, real friends, real body parts…’
— Jess C. Scott, The Other Side of Life
Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.
— Golda Poretsky

Although cultural and societal ideas of feminine beauty are far too large to tackle on their own, we wanted to take a stab at relevant issues this week. We welcome Logan Bialik to our conversation on personal experiences with female body image, its construction and the impact of college life and mass media on values of feminine appearance. It is of course a sensitive issue and one we intend to revisit and examine in the future. Our special thanks to Caroline and Logan for sharing personal anecdotes and feelings regarding the topic.