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[quote]By Alexis Rizzi
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Graphic by Ana Biccoli[/quote]

While we all know there are many double standards against women, there’s also a double standard directed towards males that no one talks about: body image. Men are often thought to have to need the “perfect” body type to be considered attractive. Men are supposed to be rough around the edges, sculpted, and tall to be deemed as flawless in society today. This gives off the impression that looks are the only essential thing and that all males are supposed to look the same, but it’s important to know that there’s more relevant things to be considering. The “perfect guy” isn’t something specific with one definition, and it’s got a whole lot more to do with looks.

Men are under the pressure to be perfect due to the unrealistic standards society presents them with. This type of unfairness roots from stereotypes on T.V. and the actors they hire to play them. Men on T.V. give off the impression that they’re all meant to be toned and tall with perfect jawlines, but that isn’t how the real world works. Not having all of those things previously mentioned doesn’t make you unattractive, nor does it decrease your worth. Not all guys are the same and looks aren’t more important than being a good person. Taking care of yourself and striving to be better is always a great thing to want to achieve but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your happiness and outlook on life.

Men also feel pressured to be this way because of what girls are thought to want in a guy. I’m here to tell you that most of us don’t care about what body type you have and if you are comfortable in the body you were given it makes you more attractive. Trust me when I say, that the type of person that cares about somebody’s body type more than they care about their actual health and self-esteem, not to mention the shallowness of it all, isn’t the type of person you want to surround yourself with anyways. What most people I know and talk to look for is a good personality, someone they can relate to, and someone who isn’t afraid to be different than everybody else around them. The body positivity movement tends to target and direct their help towards females, and that’s unfair to everybody who’s not a female, because it’s not just girls who have the possibility of dealing with body image issues. So shoutout to all you guys out there who feel insecure about their figure; I’m here to tell you that you’re just fine the way you are and that not having a strong jawline and a muscular body doesn’t make you any less than all the other guys out there.

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6 Responses to “Body positivity isn’t just for females”

  1. Todex on May 18th, 2016 7:57 am

    This article is surprisingly well written for this school. I really appreciate how it takes a look at a problem that both genders face and gives respect and consideration to how everyone deals with the problem rather than the really one sided articles where they only focus on one gender and claim it’s a problem only for women or men. People need to realize that guys and girls face all different kinds of problems from rape to depression and it is NOT a gender specific problem. This is overlooked so often and I really hope that more articles in the future on here take a look at both sides rather than just focus on one gender.

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  2. James Georgiou on May 18th, 2016 11:51 am

    Even though I already have the perfect, sculpted body that this article talks about, I still feel oppressed by these unfair body standards.

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  3. Kyle Smart on May 18th, 2016 12:52 pm

    Body Positive = promoting unhealthy lifestyle

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    stahp Reply:

    Not shaming people because of their appearance =/= promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. People have the right to love themselves, whether you find them aesthetically pleasing or not.(They also happen to have the right to be unhealthy, since it’s their body and all.) In numerous studies, fat shaming has been proven to actually cause weight gain, so maybe we should try the opposite if we’re so worried about people being healthy.

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    Anon Reply:

    Not really, trying to have a sculpted body isn’t really doing harm unless you abuse drugs or starve yourself, in which case, you may have some mental instability.

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  4. Carson Wallass on May 19th, 2016 10:26 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with the article. No matter how hard I try I can never seem to get the gains like half of my grade can.

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