Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Thinking philosophically about the demands of beauty.
Heather Widdows Ph.D.
Some people might think talking about body image is inappropriate. But for others, it is a continuing concern and one which is intensified in lockdown.
When it becomes unacceptable to make negative comments on people’s appearance, including their make-up, then the pressure will decrease.
Body shaming is not trivial, unimportant, or fun. A look at the #everydaylookism stories shows this clearly.
This kind of shame cuts deep. It is shame of the self. In an age where our bodies are ourselves, we need to push back on body-shaming culture.
Body-shaming is always people-shaming. Lookism is hurtful and discriminatory, and we should call it out.
Why so many people are likely to undergo plastic surgery in the new year.
Body shaming is never ok. These comments shouldn't be normal and we shouldn't put up with them. So, what can we do?
Body positive campaigns have their hearts in the right places. They teach us to be resilient. But what if you are not body confident?
The message of "Love Island" is that bodies matter – and only if you have a perfect body can you succeed, can you be loved, can you be good enough.
Naked Beach puts people of diverse sizes together and encourages them to get naked, to love their bodies and to ditch body shame. Is it the antidote to Love Island as claimed?
What might Januhairy do, and not do, to liberate us from the rising demands of a dominant beauty ideal.
In a visual and virtual culture, it is not surprising that the body matters, and the body should matter. But it should not matter most.
In a visual and virtual culture, it’s inevitable that appearances matter. But should they matter most?
"No one is good enough without help." Understanding the demanding nature of the beauty ideal.
What Love Island's popularity is teaching us about the prevalence of the Beauty Ideal, and why it is not something we can easily dismiss.
Are beauty ideals so dominant and demanding that we feel a duty to be beautiful?
Heather Widdows, Ph.D., is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Impact) at the University of Birmingham.