Standards for Men in the media

It’s January. The official month of guilt. The month where you’re so overwhelmed with having to be healthy, skinny, pretty, sexy and fun all the time. Simply because it’s everywhere.
‘New Year, New You.’ 

Last weekend I was with my cousin. Same age, hair hair colour, same grandparents.
And we were just chatting about how all this “change your looks to fit in for 2014” is so popular and widespread thanks to the media.
I said that there’s so much in women’s magazines about eating less-or worse, nothing.
He told me that women weren’t the only ones who have insecurities that effect their health.
The comment kind of took both of us back for a second. He’s never been sexist, and neither of us know what caused the outburst.
However, my response was, “You’re completely right, but there’s a huge difference being going to the gym to be fit, and eating nothing to be skinny.”
His response was hilarious. He simply never thought of it before in that retrospect.

But as much as males complain about how much they’re pressured in the media, it’s nothing compared to females.
I mean, I accept that men are pressured to be fit, manly, powerful, good looking, well built and handsome. But does any of that include starving themselves? Does any of that include putting multiple creams on their faces? Does any of that objectify them?
No. It doesn’t.
It encourages them to be healthy, confident, successful and happy.
It doesn’t shame their bodies for no reason.

Don’t even get me started on the fact that teenage boys can eat for their lives and still maintain a good body. Hashtag I’m just jealous.

So next time you go to correct someone who thinks men don’t have it as hard, just don’t.

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