fire_lb (fire_lb) wrote in ed_ucate,
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beauty standards

there was a post a short while ago on this community that asked if your ED had any effect on your choice of partner, but this is only a small part of the question i'm asking. it comes in a few parts.

what are your standards for beauty?

more specifically-

1. what body type is most attractive to you, physically? for the female form, and for the male form. do you prefer the greek or roman god body type, with muscles and weight? do you prefer the emaciated look? or do you prefer to look at the body types of people who are at healthy weights, perhaps with even a few extra pounds?

2. do you believe that your ED, if you suffer from one, has any effect on your perception of beauty standards? what about popular media- does it effect what you believe to be the perfect body type?
2a. if you have an ED, and remember your preferences before and after its inception, have you noticed any changes in the way you perceive beauty? before the ED, did you believe that a certain body type was more beautiful than after you remember developing the ED?

3. do you believe that there is a "perfect" body type?
3a. if you have an ED, are you trying to achieve that body type? is it literally impossible?

4. within your culture, what is the 'norm' for beauty standards? do your beliefs fit into this norm or do you feel your perception of beauty is different?

5. do you have anything else to say about beauty standards? feel free to bring up any ideas or opinions you have about popular media, personal thoughts, biology or psychology, or anything you've learned about beauty.




1. what body type is most attractive to you, physically? for the female form, and for the male form. do you prefer the greek or roman god body type, with muscles and weight? do you prefer the emaciated look? or do you prefer to look at the body types of people who are at healthy weights, perhaps with even a few extra pounds?

the body type most attractive to me is a person, male or female, at their 'healthy' or 'ideal' weight. i am not visually or physically attracted to people of either gender who are underweight or overweight.

2. do you believe that your ED, if you suffer from one, has any effect on your perception of beauty standards? what about popular media- does it effect what you believe to be the perfect body type?

i don't believe so. i think that my standards of beauty are separate from my own body image expectations. i don't want to look emaciated or underweight, but if that is where my ED takes me, that's where i will fit. my ED wasn't manifested to fit into any beauty standards (i don't have it so i can look attractive to others.) i also don't find myself thinking that people who are clearly underweight are more attractive. i suppose that's why 'thinspiration' would never work for me, besides a few issues i already have with the concept.

2a. if you have an ED, and remember your preferences before and after its inception, have you noticed any changes in the way you perceive beauty? before the ED, did you believe that a certain body type was more beautiful than after you remember developing the ED?

i don't remember having any set standards for beauty before my ED developed. (i am interested in hearing the answers of people who do, though)

3. within your culture, what is the 'norm' for beauty standards?

i was born into the east-coast north american culture. i should probably differentiate it from the west coast, because having lived on both ends of the continent, i have noticed that there is a small difference between the two. i believe that the west coast is a bit more preoccupied with body image but that is also only my personal observation. with that said, the 'norm' for beauty standards can be seen on the cover of magazines. people tend to gravitate towards a slightly-underweight, well-toned body type. plastic surgery is popular for people to rid themselves of a few extra pounds. it isn't uncommon to find people who will modify their haircolour or go on crash-diets.

3a. do your beliefs fit into this norm or do you feel your perception of beauty is different?

i don't think that my beauty standards really fit into the norm for this culture. i don't find the supermodel body type to be very attractive. i don't like the tanned look, or hair that has been obviously dyed. magazines like maxim or cosmopolitan don't appeal to me because it looks, to me, like everything has a plasticky sheen of being fake. digital airbrushing contributes a lot to this.

4. do you have anything else to say about beauty standards? feel free to bring up any ideas or opinions you have about popular media, personal thoughts, biology or psychology, or anything you've learned about beauty.

i'm interested in hearing what others have to say and contribute to the discussion... if anyone has any personal anecdotes or something to share from what they've learned in classes. etc. :]
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