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Girl Stats and More Makeup at Walmart

The other day I was reading an article online regarding feminism and marketing, and it had a really interesting graphic citing results from a study done by the University of Florida and published in Glamour Magazine that I'll repost here.  The three statistics posted in the graphic are as follows:

"Women have an average of 13 negative thoughts about their body a day, almost one for each waking hour."

"97% of women reported thinking that they hated their body at leace (sic) once a day." (They actually misspell the word "least" which kind of scares me knowing this was written by researchers at a university and then got through at least two other editors. I may be blonde, but even I noticed that one.)

And finally, "Almost half of 3-to-6-year-old girls say they worry about being fat, and almost one-third say they would change a physical attribute such as their hair color or weight if they could."

Regarding the first item, it totally applies to me. I would estimate that I look into a mirror at least 12 times a day, and I am always noticing negative aspects about my body. I notice the wrinkles around and the droopy nature of my eyes, I notice my big nose, I notice my freckled skin, I notice the width of my fingers, I notice too much tummy, and on and on. Now, whenever I complain about these features to my girl friends, they are always like, "Stop it Lisa! You look great!" On one hand, I do look good in many of my pictures, but on the other hand, I'm proving the first point in this graphic in that I have at least one negative thought about my body every hour despite the way I already look. Strange isn't it? But it's true for all of us girls I suppose.

Regarding the second item, I don't think I can honestly say that I hate my body. I consider myself a glass half full girl, and while there are definitely aspects of my body as noted in the previous paragraph that I don't like and would change if I could, I am thankful for what I do have and what it enables me to do in terms of venturing out in public crossdressed. As a result, I think hate is too strong of a word in my case, but I am dissatisfied with my body, and I think what's alarming from that second statistic is that nearly 100% women are like me in their dissatisfaction...as crazy as that sounds. Furthermore, what's crazy about that 97% statistic is that this survey was taken at the University of Florida. Have you ever seen the women attending Florida University in the stands at a football game? There is no way that only 3% of those girls have great bodies, so the second statistic in this study reflects the overall psyche of women, something that definitely applies in my case.

As for the third item, it goes without saying that there was at least one glaring physical attribute that I wish I could have eliminated as a child, but I'll leave it at that. I was always skinny growing up, and I did have beautiful long, blonde hair. I would refuse to let anyone cut it higher than the base of my ears, and I wore it long in the back until I was 16. Before each school year, my mother would tease me and say, "If you don't get your hair cut, the teacher is going to take role and call your name, Robert, and then take one look at you and say, 'Oh, I'm sorry...Roberta.'" Secretly, I loved it when she said that, and while I wouldn't define myself as androgynous when I was young, I didn't mind the long, pretty hair.

The main point that I wanted to make is that I certainly was able to relate to this study, and it made me feel good knowing that I'm never satisfied with my body and appearance, probably like 97% of the other girls out there. And that leads me to my next point in that all summer long, I wasn't really satisfied with my makeup. I was mainly concerned about my foundation and powder. It seemed to look too orange-ish for my liking, and I never did have that day when I was like, "Ok, my makeup is perfect!" As a result, I decided to take a trip to Walmart tonight to purchase new foundation and powder that was a shade cooler from what I've been using the last little while.


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