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Nobody actually expects you to look “ideal” so stop bitching about it

You can hardly go on the internet these days without people complaining about “unrealistic beauty/body standards” and how society expects them to look like “the ideal.” My question to that is who? Who expects you to look “ideal?” Has anyone who wasn’t a complete jackass ever come up to you and told you that you need to work harder at looking exactly like a magazine cover model? That you’ll never get married or find a partner or achieve happiness without being a size 0 with 6 pack abs, pearly white teeth, and a perfect 0.7 waist to hip ratio?

The media likes to shove it in your face that you don’t look like that. But the media is not society. Yes, most people find those models attractive. That’s why they’re on magazine covers, on TV, in movies, in ads, etc. “The ideal” is sexy, and sex sells. But your average Jane/Joe does not actually expect you to look like that. In fact, complete strangers aren’t likely to notice much about you at all unless you’re purposely doing something to stand out.

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