Tamara Patterson

Stories from Tamara Patterson

What it means to be a pretty girl or a handsome guy stems from multiple sources in society. These characteristics vary, depending on gender and the internalization of these ideas. Female body ideals are strongly associated with thinness, large breasts, and other signifiers of "sexiness." Male ideals are associated with leanness, but more specifically with muscularity. These body ideals come from society itself and what is portrayed in the media. As they become older, women and men watch, internalize, and attempt to become the ideal body. Internalization causes negative effects on both men and women. They began to work for these unrealistic bodies, and most fail to do so. This failure causes a psychological toll because they feel the only way to be desirable and acceptable is by having these ideal body images. The high level of desire to achieve the ideal status leads to drastic measures, such as plastic surgery.