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Pressure To Be Perfect

Posted by Soci3tysucks from Cardiff - Published on 05/06/2013 at 13:28
8 comments » - Tagged as Culture, Fashion, Health, People

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Have you ever felt as though you don't belong or fit in?

Is it because you look different to others or because your lifestyle is different?

I am in Year 10 at school and have found that people are so pressured by the power of society they think they have to change completely. Looking at so much as a poster can prove this.

In this society people think and feel as though we are expected to look and act the same way, have the same sense of style and listen to the same music. But the truth is no one is the same.

I am so fed up of seeing girls starve themselves to try and be perfect for society or so that other girls will respect them and so guys will think they are prettier. It is ridiculous the lengths and extremes people have to go to, to finally make other people listen to the power of society.

People self-harm, starve, even die from the pure pressure of society.

Both male and females are under pressure; boys are expected to have a six pack, amazing hair, and are expected to act like a gentleman by society. But by friends, they are expected to get as many girls as they can.

Girls also receive great pressure, possibly more than the boys. They are expected to have a certain height, they are expected to be a certain weight and figure with perfect hair. Girls are pressured into things a lot easier than boys are and although they can seem tough, females tend to be extremely vulnerable and under no circumstances should a man use this to his advantage.

The point I am trying to get across here is you don't have to be perfect. I went through my own battle of it, starvation, self-harm, it did nothing and I only ended up hurting people I love.

I am a teenage girl, I wear jeans and a t-shirt, and I'm showing my body off to the world, because I don't have to. I have no one to impress. I like food! Who cares! I'm healthy and that's it. As long as you are comfortable with what you are doing then keep it going. Whether this be listening to different music or wearing different clothes.

Be yourself. And certainly never feel like you have to hurt yourself to be like the people in the magazines. They're all photoshopped anyway.

Be yourself and love who you are. Stand up for yourself. Individuality rocks!

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Commented 35 months ago - 5th June 2013 - 17:43pm

This is a really great article. It's so true. I've been called anorexic a LOT because I am really skinny - like proper "do you even eat?" skinny. But the truth is that I DO eat. I eat lots! I eat chocolate and sweets and protein and carbs and fruit and vegetables. I'm a healthy person. But people still seem to think that I'm anorexic. And I've learned not to care because I am who I am and if they don't like it? You can go find yourself some other friends!



Commented 35 months ago - 5th June 2013 - 17:43pm

Great picture by the way!


Commented 35 months ago - 5th June 2013 - 19:28pm

Thank you :) im sorry to hear about those people, i know how that can feel. Im really glad youre not listening to them anymore, your true friends will stick by you no matter what and in the end you are who you are. No one can change that.



Commented 35 months ago - 5th June 2013 - 20:28pm

I have found that if you be yourself and show people that you don't care what they think of you, they'll accept that you don't care and either leave you alone or you'll gain a new friend.



Commented 35 months ago - 5th June 2013 - 20:44pm

I hate it when people tease other people about appearance (even though sometimes it's funny and sometimes they do it to mean people who deserve it) I don't like my smile and for a while last year I just stopped (which was very hard) just because a few people called me a rabbit, it's not my fault my two front teeth have grown faster than all my other teeth. Also people tease me because my ears stick out, my mum says it's because my face has to get a bit fatter to make them fit.


Commented 35 months ago - 8th June 2013 - 11:51am

You shouldn't change for them, im sure you still look beautiful no matter what your teeth look like



Commented 35 months ago - 10th June 2013 - 18:32pm

I completely agree with you. I know so many people who are bullied like this


Commented 35 months ago - 11th June 2013 - 21:36pm

Its a terrible thing and i will never understand it, i will be doing more columns about this sort of stuff like one a week i think so please keep an eye out for them :)

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