Why has our American Society made women who look like women believe that they are ugly? Most men seem to appreciate our curves and our breasts and our backsides. They don't notice "Thunder Thighs" or a random chin hair or care that our hair isn't as curly/straight/ginger/long/etc. as we wish.
Dove (the soap company) has been trying to combat this starting with their "True Beauty Campaign" in which they pledged to not use photo-shopped women in their advertisements. The Canada branch of the company released this awesome video (that went viral in 2006). But they are just one aspect of media.
The following wise words were originally posted on facebook by two friends who are married to beautiful women whom I admire. Not only do I find them physically gorgeous and always well-dressed, but they have amazing personalities and bring joy and humor to my life whenever I am with them.
Please stop beating yourselves up.
By Greg Less
I don't know what ladies see when they look at themselves in the mirror or in a picture, but I know what I see when I look at myself and the media doesn't blast me with insecurities anywhere near as badly as it blasts all of you.
It must be hard. Very hard. Unbearably hard.
Please know that in spite of the the flaws you perceive, the awful things you think about yourselves, that we, the men of the world think you are beautiful. Every single one of you ladies out there is an amazingly beautiful woman that inspires each and every one of us to do something stupid every single day.
There's a reason men made Eve the root of evil in humanity. You tempt us and force us to do things that common sense and wisdom should prevent. You mesmerize us and intrigue us and we love you.
All of you.
So please stop beating yourselves up. Please.