I have decided to relate the keyword “body” and The Bluest Eye with a video posted by Common Sense Media. In the video, the narrator said “girls feel more pressured to be camera ready”. This made me think of The Bluest Eye and the idea of being “ruined”. Frieda and Claudia begin talking and Frieda picks up that Miss Dunion tells her mom she is “ruined”. Frieda thinks of being “ruined” as being “big and fat” which is something she dislikes. Claudia suggest to Frieda to exercise and not eat. It was interesting to see how girls think of changing their body image by starving instead of resorting to healthy means. Today’s society is focused around social media. A big trend in society is selfie’s. Selfie’s are people’s first impression of you on social media. Through your selfie’s, you can get likes on Facebook and Instagram. How do you think social media would have affected how Frieda felt about herself being ruined?
In lecture, we discussed that bodies exhibit signs of self-identification. It is up to us to take care of our bodies. Talking about the body is a very vulnerable subject for girls as in Frieda’s case. Young girls go through bodily development and body image issues. However, it is important to be comfortable in the skin that you have. Do you think the video gives good advice to parents who have daughters with body image issues?
Some girls try to conform to social norms and identity or what they think is expected. This expectation of identity and body image can come from the models they see in magazines and celebrities. The ideal of body image that magazines and media portray causes girls to change how they appear to achieve certain looks. Sometimes girls resort to starving, like mentioned before, to achieve the so called “look”. Do you think that beauty is something to be achieved or something we already possess? Furthermore, how does body image affect girlhood?