Did you know that when men look at themselves in the mirror, they’re more likely to see themselves as being buffer and fitter than they are? Whereas women are more likely to see ourselves as fatter than we are and unattractive.
It’s almost like the portrayal of male-idealized power fantasies in pop culture isn’t remotely the same thing as the the unrealistic (and still rooted in male ideals) standards that women are held to in the media. Weird! If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that having media tailored to the tastes and needs and desires of one narrow demographic (straight white men) tends to boost their self-esteem while lowering that of everyone else.
Bottomline: Barbie and He-Man are both male fantasies.
I’m seriously in such shock right now. No NO no.
Do you know how many males have such low self esteem because they don’t live up to these standards? They have just as much low self-esteem as women do. Why? Because most men don’t look like that, and to even say that this is a “male power fantasy” is ridiculous. It has just as much to do with fitness and physical appearance.
Recognize both sides please. Female body image is an issue, but so is male body image. Stop trying to undermine one.
Agreed. Ever since my brother started going to High School three years ago, all he does is worry about his self-image and constantly practices. Hell, he was even anorexic in the first year of High School (we almost forced him to go to the hospital). He later re-gained the weight and started going to the gym every day for four hours.
Every time my brother passes, my friends comment on how “hot” he is now… But I really can’t stand him sometimes at home. He keeps asking me “Am I fat?” “Am I loosing my abs” and so forth. It almost seems like it’s every five minutes.