Tuesday, November 12, 2013
“Whatever is deeply, essentially female--the life in a woman's expression, the feel of her flesh, the shape of her breasts, the transformations after childbirth of her skin--is being reclassified as ugly, and ugliness as disease. These qualities are about an intensification of female power, which explains why they are being recast as a diminution of power. At least a third of a woman's life is marked with aging; about a third of her body is made of fat. Both symbols are being transformed into operable condition--so that women will only feel healthy if we are two thirds of the women we could be. How can an "ideal" be about women if it is defined as how much of a female sexual characteristic does not exist on the woman's body, and how much of a female life does not show on her face?”
― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women
To me, this is a powerful quote. I for one refuse to consider myself two/thirds of a woman. the fat on my body and wrinkles on my face are not ugly. My challenge to myself is to get past the mental block I carry regarding fat, wrinkles and 'ideals' of beauty.