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Why do we feel inferior?

It is an appalling but true fact that most people are unhappy with their appearance. Thanks greatly in part to society’s harsh standards, we are pressured into looking, and even acting a certain way. Social media has shaped the expectations of the “ideal” human body; the only catch is that almost every single photo online has had some form of alteration. As a person who constantly struggles with body positivity, I find it completely unfair that the bodies we praise aren’t real.

Photoshop doesn’t encourage one to accept who they truly are. Instead, it creates a false image of perfection. No one looks as flawless as the pictures. It is simply impossible. With that said, social media is making us strive for something that we can’t achieve. Human bodies were not meant to be the same. We are all unique, and we all have flaws. Instead of covering up our differences, we need to start loving what we see in the mirror. That starts with reshaping what we consider to be the perfect body. The body ideals that have been created for us need to be changed before they become any more impractical.

Sophie Koehler


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