Sorry, gents. This post is for the lay-dehz. Well, fine. It can apply to you if you’re having a fat day.
I assume that most have seen the Dove campaign. It really is eye-opening.
Several posts I’ve read speak to women’s body image issues:
- Kiran discusses how it took her 444 months to like her mirror.
- Amy encourages women to stop using the F word.
This weekend, I have a good friend’s bachelorette party. There will be approximately 15 females in attendance. How many self-deprecating comments will I hear? And why is it that whenever we receive a compliment, we feel obliged to sabotage it?
- Oo, your makeup is pretty! Really? I wish Zitty McPimplestein had stayed home.
- Your hair looks so good! What? Fizzball central?
- Those jeans are cute! Ugh- they barely fit over my uni-thigh.
Uni-thighs aside, it’s hard to say “thank you.” Why? Didn’t our mothers teach us manners? While they did, they probably did not model for us (pun intended) how to love our looks.
As a mom, I need to praise my body in front of my son. Most people probably think it’s more important for moms of daughters to have positive self-talk. But it’s equally crucial for my lil’ man. He’s going to grow up to be a big man one day, and I want him to appreciate a lady’s curves, to like her straight (not boring) hair, and to love her smile sans makeup. My son already thinks I’m the most beautiful woman in the world. Let’s keep the trend going.
As a wife, I need to accentuate my token features. You know if your guy’s a butt guy or a boobs guy. So what if it’s Tuesday night? I was in yoga pants all day and I know my butt looks damn good in those pants, so I’m gonna wear them for the two hours between dinner and L’s bedtime. Hopefully they’ll come off around 7:05…wink wink
As a woman, I need to pay it forward. If a girlfriend compliments me, I say “thank you.” No exceptions. And then I respond with a compliment for her. Think how much more positive the vibe would be at a girls’ outing if we all resolved to start the conversation with a compliment.
I am more sexy than I think. Now it’s your turn to fill in the blank:
I am more _____ than I think.
Stay social, mom friends.