Negative perceptions hinder self-values

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Negative perceptions hinder self-values

Roxana Amparo / The Advocate

Roxana Amparo / The Advocate

Roxana Amparo / The Advocate

By Roxana Amparo, News Editor

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Women in today’s society are not taught to accept themselves for who they are.

Rather, they are taught to focus on promoting judgment, competition and disrespect for one other.

This is a harmful enabler that sends out a message making it OK for anyone, including influential people in the media, to disrespect the purity of what being a woman is.

There is a mold which society has shaped to force women to look, act or be a certain way in order to gain respect as a person with valid thoughts and purpose.

Living to meet unreachable expectations causes emotional harm to those trying to fit in, in order to be acceptable to society’s commands of how a woman should look.

It can cause depression or deep-seated self loathing, which causes women to feel ashamed of their body image.

This simply diminishes the connection between women instead of working toward solidifying the bond that women should experience with one another.

Women are often perceived as crazy, emotional and generally receive the low end of a lot of things in comparison to men.

Despite the sad truth, we live in a patriarchal society in which men receive the higher power simply because they are men.

Women are placed on a high pedestal of expectations.

It is safe to say that most women have felt looked down upon, solely based on being connected to their feminine side.

There is nothing wrong with showing emotions, caring and feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.

Women and men alike judge and talk down to women based on appearance, actions and preferences.

It shows how deep of an issue it has become in today’s generation. But the behavior goes back even further.

It is something that has become internalized to the point that it has reached the younger generation.

Between the ages of 10 and 14, and some younger, girls reach puberty, which is the time that their bodies are developing.

This can lead to sometimes drastic changes in body shape, functions and weight.

Society has reasons to bring women down whether it is by making them feel too thin, too thick or just not good enough.

According to eatingdisorderhope.com, 10 million women and one million men suffer from anorexia in the U.S. Nine out of 10 people with anorexia are women. It is a serious eating disorder that can potentiality lead to death.

There are a variety of factors as to why, but one of them has to do with the environment and how thinness is highly valued in society.

When in reality, every single woman should know she is beautiful and should appreciate herself for who she is, not for how far off she is from whatever society tells her to be.

Young girls are being sent the message that thin is beautiful. It is important to teach the younger generation self-value and most importantly, self-love.

It is time to begin noticing that regardless of shape, weight or form, everyone matters equally.

Whether curvaceous or thin, it is important to stay physically healthy, appreciate and accept the differences among each other — even if no one else does.