Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Feminisim and body image
Does political ideology effect perceptions of weight acceptance in women? Apparently it does according to a recent study discussed in the New York Times today. Researchers concluded that women who identified themselves as feminists had a wider range of female body image acceptance than their non-feminist counterparts. However both groups agreed on what was considered the most attractive body image. This is an important concept to consider when teaching young women about their health and wellness as they mature through puberty. While introduction to feminism might not necessarily solicit interest or prevent eating disorders, it might help them appreciate early on that women have much more to contribute to society than our physical attributes.