A Comparison to See: Watching the Documentaries Thin and Baby Faced Body Builders

Series: “Accepting Our Appearance”

A Comparison to See: Watching the Documentaries Thin and Baby Faced Body Builders

 

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LET’S THINK…

WHAT DETERMINES OR THREATENS OUR SELF‑IMAGE?

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Gender differences create socially‑accepted gender norms. The Barbie and Ken type of beauty, with men being fit and muscular and women being pretty and skinny, is prevalent in Westernized culture.

In fulfilling certain models of beauty, both men and women are at risk of living by the standards of their appearance. Men can develop manorexia, as they desire to resemble model mannequins or they can develop bigorexia, where they’re obsessed with their muscles and lifting weights because they are never satisfied with how “big” or “ripped” they are. Women tend to be preoccupied with being skinny, which highlights the notoriety of anorexia or bulimia.

When we become obsessed with our bodies, we control our appearance by either minimizing our weight or by overcompensating for what we feel is lacking. Of course, we should be aware of what we consume, how we treat our bodies, and what motivates our self‑image; however, if our body‑image becomes our self‑image, gauging how we see and value life, then there’s a problem.

The documentary Thin is filmed in a Florida clinic and follows women diagnosed with eating disorders.

The documentary Baby Faced Body Builders is filmed in the United Kingdom and follows three teenagers who live to bulk up their muscles.

Both of these documentaries present a behind‑the‑scenes look into the reality of disordered logic and restrictive habits. Many of the films’ participants confess what made their appearance a central part of their lives, along with why or why not they see their lifestyle as dysfunctional.

We have the right to live as we choose, but it’s important to note how maladaptive thinking and behaviors affect our quality of life.

We are all unique. We deserve to be appreciated for our differences. Our self‑image should not be valued by how well we can replicate imposed archetypes of perfection.

We must be honest and learn to look out for ourselves. If we know we’re doing something wrong, we should do what we can to restore order. When we face our fears, we can conquer our weaknesses.

Don’t be a victim of vanity. Value who you are.

Your life is in your hands…be kind and take care of yourself.

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Series: “Accepting Our Appearance”

Series: “Accepting Our Appearance”

Series Introduction

I will be issuing a series of posts, with the focus on “Accepting Our Appearance”.

Everyday, we must do our best to combat our insecurities and doubts. I want us to gain awareness as to how we see ourselves, along with identifying the roots of our uncertainties.

Learning to accept ourselves is essential to being content with life. In order to progress, we must be satisfied with our present state of being.

If the importance of appearance exceeds our ability to enjoy life, extreme consequences can surface. Unfortunately, frustration with one’s appearance risk acquiring an obsession with “fixing” their perceived flaws; this is how body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and mood disorders can develop. I will use an interview, the book Wasted, in addition to the documentaries Baby Faced Body Builders and Thin, to assist in exhibiting some precarious cases, related to our discussion.

All in all, I want us to create a balance within ourselves, attain healthy perspectives regarding self‑improvement, and come to accept and love who we are.

Let the enlightenment begin!

Table of Link Contents

1.Degrading the Details

2.Be Powerful

3.How to Appreciate Ourselves

4.The Interview: A Voice to be Heard

5.Book Review: Wasted

6.A Comparison to See: Watching the Documentaries Thin and Baby Faced Body Builders

7.Challenge Yourself!

Watching The Bridge

Series: “The Self and Suicide”

Watching The Bridge

WATCH: The documentary The Bridge .

Take note of the following:

  • Characters: If you were to commit suicide, would a public bridge be your first choice? Do you believe suicidal people have a subconscious draw into one mode of suicide, over another?
  • Situation: Do you think you could detect whether or not someone is about to kill themselves? Do you feel, if you were in the same area as the person, you would suspect his/her intentions?
  • Reaction: Upon encountering a suicidal individual, would you try and interfere, get someone else to help, or observe from a distance? If the person goes through with the suicide, how would his/her death affect you? Would you feel blameless, guilty, sad, haunted, angry…?
  • Mood: If you saw someone kill themselves, would you feel better or worse about your current circumstances? Would you be grateful or hateful, regarding your own life?
  • Setting: People kill themselves in many places: jumping off buildings, throwing themselves into traffic or train tracks, hanging in a closet…sadly, the list goes on. What difference do you think it makes, that those in The Bridge, chose this location for their ultimate escape?
  • Society: Do you feel the people around you have the power to make a difference? If you were suicidal, would you go to a public place, with the hope that someone will reach out and help you? Would you commit the act in private, protecting others from having to deal with you?
  • The Aftermath: Depending on how and where someone commits suicide, there will be something left behind. If you came across a dead body, of someone you love, how would that make you feel? If you decided to commit suicide, would you want people to find you or would you do it in a place, where you’ll be washed away, like The Bridge? What do you think this line of thinking says about you, as a person?

The Bridge

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Suicide is an epidemic. We must be conscious and try to make a difference.

When we acknowledge others, and make an effort to be kind, we can help create connections. Little by little, we can help strengthen the unity and wellness of humanity.

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Watching The Virgin Suicides

Series: “The Self and Suicide”

Watching The Virgin Suicides

WATCH: The movie The Virgin Suicides

Take note of the following:

  • Characters: Who do you identify with? Who do you feel is highly susceptible to suicide?
  • Mood: Are there any points, in time and essence, you feel you can relate to? When do you feel sudden rushes of emotion?
  • Setting: Do you feel trapped by your circumstances? How much do your immediate surroundings affect you?
  • Personal Response: If you knew the Lisbon sisters, how would you react to them? Would you befriend them or ostracize them?
  • Role Play: If you lost a sibling or parent to suicide, what would you do?
  • Emotions: If someone kills themselves, is it wrong to make it known? With suicide being a sensitive subject, should you address those affected by the aftermath or is it best to let them come to you?
  • Society: What part do the townspeople play in what happens to the Lisbon sisters?

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The Lisbon sisters are notorious, young and attractive; to the town, they are mysterious and intriguing. We can’t always judge people by how they appear to be…the secrets held within, determine our true identity.

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Series: “The Self and Suicide”

Series: “The Self and Suicide”

Series Introduction

I will be issuing a series of posts, with a focus on “The Self and Suicide”.

While death is a natural part of life, suicide is the deliberate taking of one’s life. When we engage in self‑destructive  and self‑defeating behaviors, we pressure Death’s progress. In the world, more people die from suicide than from homicide.

I want us to view the misconceptions of suicide, along with the degrees in which we put ourselves in harm’s way.  As we become aware of how we may take life for granted, we offer ourselves the chance to change.

Hopefully, we can grow to be grateful, kind, and make an effort to love the world, and most importantly, ourselves.

After we work through some of our ideas, I will use the movie The Virgin Suicides  and the documentary The Bridge to help us put our teachings into action.

Let the enlightenment begin!

Table of Link Contents 

  1. How Do You Choose to Cope?
  2. Understanding What Hurts Us: The Problems of Pain
  3. Are You Suicidal?
  4. All Suicidal People Are the Same…Right?
  5. Watching The Virgin Suicides
  6. The Ones Left Behind
  7. Watching The Bridge
  8. Challenge Yourself!

Looking into the Layers: Edward Scissorhands

 Series: “Am I a Good Person?”

Looking into the Layers: Edward Scissorhands

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE CHARACTER EDWARD SCISSORHANDS:

HOW SOCIETY SEES EDWARD SCISSORHANDS:

SOCIETY’S BEHAVIORAL REACTIONS TOWARDS EDWARD SCISSORHANDS:

  • Quiet
  • Naive
  • Dark
  • Odd
  • Robotic
  • Creative
  • Kind
  • Insecure
  • Gentle

 

  • A threat to normal life
  • A freak to stay away from
  • A curious creature
  • A case to pity
  • A monster to hate
  • A handicap to love
  • A toy to play with
  • A demented deformity
  • A focus of attention
  • A travesty to mankind
  • An experiment gone wrong

 

  • Reject
  • Welcome
  • Idolize
  • Despise
  • Indulge
  • Teach
  • Punish
  • Ostracize
  • Protect

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As we learn to become aware of how we identify ourselves, along with how we treat others, we can start to see what we need to work on. Whether you feel you’re a horrible person, you could be a little nicer, or if you simply care to make an extra effort, we always have the power to improve…it’s just a matter of choosing to do so.

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Watching Edward Scissorhands

Series: “Am I a Good Person?”

Watching Edward Scissorhands

WATCH: The movie Edward Scissorhands.

Take note of the following:

  • Characters: Who do you identify with?
  • Sounds: How does the music make you feel?
  • Mood: At what points does your mood change?
  • Setting: Could you imagine living in a “perfect” suburbia?
  • Personal Response: How would you react to Edward Scissorhands?
  • Society: Do you feel the way people react to him is normal?

Edward Scissorhands

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Edward is considered a perversion of nature…a freak. He looks sickly, acts weird, and doesn’t see the world like everyone else.

Where do you see yourself?

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