Ideal Female Bodies: Buzzfeed Has Something to Say About History
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.