The last month has been a whirlwind with so much going on with my photography business. I've also become a Program Facilitator at Danielle's Place Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre and am helping them with some other administration tasks. Not to mention I still have a full time job that is keeping me on my toes. But enough about me, how are all of you?
I thought that it would be fun to share a great project I've stumbled onto. This project shows photos of how men really look in their underwear as opposed to what we see in the media! It's interesting to see some examples of the pressures women face when the roles are reversed. In fact, we often forget that men also face some very intense pressures from society to look a certain way. Perhaps no where near what us Average Girls experience, but still very noteworthy. A UK website called SUN featured four of their readers wearing their birthday best to show this very point. Take a look at some of the pictures below.
At Danielle's Place I recently did an activity with my group where we went through magazines to learn how we can become aware of how the media influences how we feel about ourselves and then we compared the images of women to men. Yes, a lot of the men were beautiful and fit, maybe even airbrushed to look more defined or thinner but what we did notice is that the editing done to photos of men is a lot different than what is done to photos of women. In fact, in one ad we noted that we were still able to see the man's pores and realness of his skin and facial hair, but the woman in the same ad had no pores or real looking skin.
Do you think that men face the same pressures as women do from the media? Are men affected the same way?