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Loving Our Skin In A Body-Shaming World: How Possible Is That?

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In recent times, a phenomenal ill that has recorded massive social havoc is body shaming. Although it also entails personal downcasting, body shaming is known as an action or practice of expressing humiliation about another individual’s body shape or size, it is a form of bullying that can result in severe emotional trauma, especially at a younger age.

Manifestations of Body-Shaming in several dimensions

  • Criticizing our appearance
  • Criticizing another person’s appearance in front of them
  • Criticizing another person’s appearance without their knowledge

No doubt this social plaque occurs both amongst men and women however, the severity is most felt by women. Body shaming involves criticisms of being too fat or too skinny, too dark or too fair, too tall or too short.

Individuals find it hard to understand that the body comes in different sizes and shapes, tones, skin color and forms.

Negative comments and provoking images have the tendency of fueling up unhealthy behaviors especially for girls who start adopting practices to change their body type so as to conform to the norms of the society. This might lead to self-injury.

Effects of Body Shaming

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Evidence depicts individuals who continually suffer depression, trauma, low self-esteem, borderline personality disorder due to body shaming.

Body shaming is deriding and mocking people’s physical appearance.

The scope of body shaming is wide but not limited to body features.

Sometimes, body shaming can extend to a perception that one does not sufficiently display masculinity or femininity.

For instance men with wide hips or prominent breast or lack of facial hair are usually met with feminine appearance shamed.

In the same vein, women have been body shamed for their lack of femininity possessing traits that are typically associated with men.

In Cameroon, this is a concept that has limited archive documenting the plight of young girls and boys, men and women who continually suffer the side effects of body shaming.

A few bold and confident women like Leila Kigha have been able to address this plaque in public drawing the attention of societies that there is an existent problem in the name of body shaming.

The fact that it is a phenomenon that has not received much recognition warranting its combat, it is thus necessitated to bring to the lamp light this evil whose severe side effect in time to come shall be liken to the devastating pandemic eating the woman so bad, gender based violence.

Our cultures and ideologies of a perfect body are relative. It becomes important to live in a cohesive manner is the least demanded first of all to keep people’s sanity in check.

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