Body Image Workshop Part 2: The Women They See

In Part 1 of the Body Image Workshop we talked about how to start off on the right foot with body image and our littlest kids, so that positive body image is a habit, a way of life, and not something we introduce later on down the road.

One of the tips we gave was to image proof your home. Marci suggested clearing out the negative messages and replacing them with positive ones. It’s a pretty simple exercise actually, just look around your house for magazines, books, posters or anything that promotes the unrealistic images of beauty that surround us today. Even though, kids this young aren’t reading yet, they are soaking in everything they see around them and we need to make sure that what they see is helpful and not harmful.

I went around my house last week and snapped photos of all of the images of women that Amelia (and Benny) would see around our home. With the exception of a couple of wedding photos and some baby photos, these are all of the images of women in our home. 

Study the images of women that my children are growing up with. *We do not have fashion magazines or catalogs or celebrity gossip magazines in our home.*

What messages do you think they are getting?
What are they seeing about body size, different types of skin color, different types of beauty, different version of femininity? What messages are they getting about the things in life that you can do with your body?

Is the focus of these photos looking beautiful, or feeling beautiful?

Comments

  1. I love that so many of the pictures you showed are of women actively *doing* things. So much advertising shows women just sitting around looking pretty/sexy. One of the biggest positive changes in my own body image came when I started thinking of my body in terms of what it could *do* not how it looked.

  2. Love this! Around the time my older daughter turned 2, I stopped my subscription to a popular magazine precisely because I did not want her to be exposed to those limited and limiting images. We try to focus on the doing thing to. “Use your strong muscles to pedal up the hill!” Whenever she asks me why I exercise, I say, “So I can stay strong and healthy and run and play with you.” Thank you for these posts!

  3. As a teenager, I started to make a collage of pictures of all different kinds of women, different races, women working, sports women, artists, mothers, grandmothers, women doing things, and I gave up because it was so hard using just the newspapers and magazines I had access to. I can’t imagine it’s got any easier over the intervening 20-something years, but think I will have a go at one with Hannah for International Women’s day.

  4. Thank you for this fantastic series. I’m reading, taking notes, and putting these steps into action with my 2 and 4 year old daughters.

  5. I really love this post. Your point is so clearly made, and the advice is totally practical. What a great suggestion!

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