- Simone Jacob
Body-shaming - Do men know this too?
As a woman, it's always been about my body for 60 years. Is it slim, toned and firm enough, but still feminine and round, and above all, does it have the right proportions? If possible, the proportions of a very narrow hourglass.
I hardly know any woman, including myself, who is always completely satisfied with her body. One or two kilos too much on the scale can spoil the mood for the rest of the day and declare the refrigerator the enemy.
Body-shaming! The constant companion of women! But what about men? Do you also know this self-destructive feeling?
I would like to show you the wonderful photos of director and photographer Roman Kuhn, who is currently experimenting a lot with artificial intelligence. In the process, these great pictures came into being.
I immediately fell in love with these plump, masculine bodies, which fly through the air in ballet tutus, as if they were weightless, contrary to the laws of gravity. They are a staging a pure "joie de vivre" and self-love, and carry the spirit of "anything is possible."
The images celebrate the abundance and diversity of life and defy the dictates of the dream body. They remind me that -whether a woman or a man - our bodies should never stop us from celebrating life.
I still come from a time when men wore their bellies with amazing pride and never doubted their attractiveness for a second. We women were often filled with envy. How can you be so imperfect and still be so happy!
On the basis of these pictures I would like to ask you, men, how is it today? Do men feel more body-shaming or more body-positivity today? I'm looking forward to your feedback.
Apart from the health benefits that a few kilos less and a well-toned body undoubtedly have, it is a shame when, the female as well as the male, self-worth depends on a perfect body.