archive: SELF’s Dream Body Expectations are a Nightmare
Questions to Consider:
- What do you think about SELF’s claim that the athletes in its August issue have the “best bodies in the world”?
- How does SELF’s article make you feel? What is it trying to get you to do?
What We Think:
SELF magazine’s August issue has decided to showcase what they call the “best bodies in the world.” Their main article features a supermodel and her fitness routine, which is then followed up with blurbs from six professional athletes and a challenge urging women to lose weight. While we have nothing but respect for people who exercise regularly, do sports, or rock muscles, it’s not right to claim that one type of body is “better” than another. Most simply don’t have the luxury or the desire to take up veganism or work out for hours on end, and expecting women to alter their lifestyles in order to obtain what SELF considers to be an “oh-yeah butt” is totally ridiculous! It’s important to remember that the women selected to give advice are all on national teams. They spend “double-digit hours…each week” training. Thinking that all women should look like them is nowhere near realistic! SELF has done a disservice to these world-class athletes by mentioning their accomplishments so briefly and focusing almost entirely on their looks. And this magazine has wronged its readers, who come in all shapes and sizes, and who certainly don’t deserve to be told that they are less for being themselves. — Kendra De Nike
Where We Saw It:
SELF magazine (August 2015 issue).