For centuries, women have been constantly oppressed by patriarchal norms surrounding body image and body types. We have been pushed, constantly, to adapt to patriarchal stereotypes, wriggling ourselves into tiny corsets to keep our waists – and aspirations – just as tiny. Centuries of fight against these norms – some battles won and some battles lost – have now brought us to a juncture, where women are now give the chance to shape who and what we are going to be. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that we take the lead and show who we are, at every possible instance.
Battling body image
You are beautiful, in every possible way; and your curves make you unique and gorgeous. Hence, there is absolutely no need to be starving yourself into anorexia, just to get a size number zero. Most young women, and older women, enter into depression owing to the constant pressure to adhere to these body types. Doctors talk about how such unhealthy diet plans lead to irrevocable damages to one’s health. What matters is how confident you feel as a person, and how healthy you are. If you have the perfect Body Mass Index, then there is nothing you have to worry about.
Just because you are a bit rounder on your hips does not mean that you do not have the chance to follow trends and fashions. This was ages ago, when the market itself was hampered down by such discriminating norms. However, the current trend of thinking is reflected in their recent advertising and marketing efforts. We now see models sporting plus size dresses, walking confidently down the ramp.
Many women with gorgeous curves opt to wearing maxi dresses, proudly displaying their confidence out to the world. Your curves indeed do not hinder your fashion sense – it accentuates it.
Speak your mind
One’s freedom of expression is inherently connected to one’s dignity and personality. Do not be restricted to what the society accepts is right. We do not mean you to spread hate speech – what we mean is that you need to be confident in voicing your opinions. Be bold – even though people might call you bossy. It is up to you to break glass ceilings – to reach out and grab what you want with both hands. Read, discover and empower yourself. Women do have the right to be politically engaged – despite what many people might say. The more aware you are, the more empowered you will be.
What we enjoy as women now, be it universal suffrage or the right to make decisions for ourselves, are borne out of centuries of struggle by women who dared to be bold. Let us not stop now.
Let us be bold. Let us be beautiful.