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Nikki Madle

Co-Curator of TEDxUNCAsheville, TEDxUNCAsheville

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Why are women considered more beautiful the thinner they are?

I find it frustrating that media portrays women as more attractive the thinner they are. It seems that over the last century or so, it has slowly become what is considered attractive to most of society. Even the skinniest of models are photo shopped in magazines to make them appear even thinner.

Statistically speaking, there are up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffering from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S, and it is majorly due to the pressure that people feel to lose weight, even when they are in a healthy body mass index range.

It used to be that thin and tan women were considered unattractive compared to the fair skin and healthier bodies of the wealthy. So, was it simply that having more fat was a symbol of wealth, and the wealth was what made them attractive, more so than their body shape?And why then did "the skinnier the better" become the new beautiful?

What are some ways that we can combat eating disorders and boost body image for people of all ages by promoting healthier body weights?

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  • May 28 2014: First, the USA is not the only culture in the world. Other cultures have other standards.
    That being out of the way, the reason is simple: The value of women in the USA is their desirability as hedonistic sexual objects. Their suitability as companions, as mothers, as household managers, or to get even more radical and crazy, as HUMAN BEINGS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, not defined merely in terms of what a man might want out of them, doesn't matter. They do not exist except as F--- toys. That's it. That's all they're valued for in our culture. There might be a tiny amount of lip service to the contrary, but look at the reality. What are girls taught to be and become? Bratz dolls. Toys dressed in the working uniforms of prostitutes and gold-diggers.

    Is Beyonce noted for her academic achievements or geopolitical accomplishments? Is Shakira? Women exist in the USA to be toys.

    It's immoral. It's indecent. It's disgusting.

    It's reality.

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