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Ideal Female Bodies: Buzzfeed Has Something to Say About History

March 5, 2015

Some people just can’t get over their own concept of female beauty. The concept of beauty has changed over the years, and we have to remember that beauty is a social construct, if we are going by physical appearance.

“The key visual component of the video is an objective, diverse showcase of women’s bodies, and that alone sparks a strong reaction,” he told HuffPost. “Many viewers had a poignant response after seeing how ephemeral our concept of ‘the ideal’ is. Other viewers focused solely on the way the models look and missed the point entirely. Case in point: there are some people who can’t get past a woman’s image, and there are others who are able to see and think beyond that.”

Individuals who chose to criticize the models through a twenty-first century lens may have missed an important message: every body type has at some point been “ideal,” and every body type is beautiful.

“We’re so often preoccupied with current trends that we lose perspective on how fleeting our obsession with physical perfection has historically been,” Yang said. “As demanding as our perception of an ideal body type may be, we should remember that yesterday’s ideal will, without fail, evolve into something completely different tomorrow.”

While we often think of past cultures as “backward,” it seems as if some cultures celebrated a more natural aspect of female beauty than has been celebrated recently. Most women who are extravagantly thin are not fertile, not menstruating, and not healthy. Consider that most of the models that we see wearing women’s clothes are the exception to the female form, not the rule. Why not just accept that women’s bodies have more variety than men’s bodies, and thank goodness there are people who appreciate all different body types.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2015 4:52 pm

    Why should someone appreciate all body types? Are you saying someone should appreciate all whiskies, all music, and all films?

    People have preferances. That’s fine. There’s no reason to feel guilty just because you’re sexually attracted to one body type. It’s not like women are celebrating the variety of body types men can have.

    The problem is, we’ve turned women’s bodies into their whole. People comment on women’s looks even when it’s irrelevant. How many times have you heard a woman (I found it a lot when people ‘criticize’ feminists) being attacked for their looks? Not all body types are beautiful. That’s okay, because women are much more than their bodies.

    I’m a fat person who still looks pretty fat even when I lose weight. I have zero chance of being in a romantic relationship. I don’t want to be told cute slogans that are might as well be drugs. I just don’t want to be judged solely by looks in othe areas of life.

    • brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      March 9, 2015 2:20 pm

      Appreciate does not equal wanting to have sex with them–it just means appreciate them. It’s simple in that same vein of allowing that other people may appreciate a different whiskey, music or film than you might. I wholeheartedly agree with you that “People comment on women’s looks even when it’s irrelevant.” I would also argue that the point of the film is merely to point out how culturally related concepts of beauty are, dependent on the latest social fad.

      • March 9, 2015 6:40 pm

        Allowing others to appreciate different whiskies and appreciating whiskies are not the same thing.

        Allowing people to appreciate these whiskies means that I might explain why I don’t like them, but I won’t expected the people to change their mind. I won’t judge them solely on their choice of whiskey. I still won’t drink that.

        I don’t appreciate all body types. I know there are clear things to which I’m attracted to.

        However, a woman’s looks is not enough, or a deciding factor of whether I will enjoy the presence of that person. A woman is a person first, so if I like her body or not is just a small detail.

        I think this is the message that we need to send – that women are more than their bodies. Even if you say we should appreciate all bodies, you’re still focused on the women’s bodies.

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