“Do I look fat in this dress?”
This is one of the most confounding, difficult questions men have had to answer down through the centuries of Western culture. It’s also the subject of many jokes; because no matter how they reply, it will always be the wrong answer.
But female anxieties about body image are no joke. They can lead to some serious health problems, such as anorexia, bulimia and depression. Nor are these anxieties limited to any particular society or era. The image trap that demands a certain look has pervaded every culture throughout time. The beauty and health industries have historically capitalized on this issue by equating beauty with health.Continue Reading