Can’t believe I made it this far and times flying super fast!
Just finished up the last Back and Biceps video for phase 2 and I’m more than ever ready to move on to the next…but I kinda feel weird this week. Kinda like I’m plateauing? The workouts make me die and sweat but for some reason I feel kinda bloaty and visually, I was expecting much more improvement… If anyone knows any suggestions for breaking up the dreaded “plateau” please share!
Even though midterms were over last week, (super hectic) it seems like I’m just getting piled with more and more readings… literally all I’m learning about is either Japanese and important global ideologies (but most of all, that capitalism sucks balls for everyone in the margins of inequality, and we exploited by…nevermind.)
Which brings me to the attention of what I’m learning in my Chicano Studies class (the one where I ate grasshoppers lol) about “The Social Construction of the Body” through body, food and culture. This week, we focused on the anoretic/body-building bodies that are produced as one of the negative by-products of commoditization by Globalization…
Well it definitely sparked my interest because that’s what THIS- this whole cultural struggle to achieve a perfect ideal body type- is how media social discourse uses images, ads, and especially the internet community to fuck with our minds. Its not an individual construction for us to try to attain this “perfect body” commodity, society teaches us how to modify and reshape the body constantly so its almost futile, in a sense to achieve a ideal
In a sense, anoretics and bodybuilders are more prone to feeling dissatisfied on their quest to mimic the “fit” body type. Thus the body becomes a confinement or prison for the individual. Its crazy because I actually identified with this in a period of my life…
So then Anoretics, take this to the extreme and then the body becomes socially inscribed as a material expression of one’s dominion over flesh (self); separate the willpower/spirit from the body .
The sad part is that, it is often a blind “affliction”, the same goes for the “problem” of obesity. People don’t try to solve it the correct way but instead just treat it like a disease, thus hating on heavy people. (Which produces so much multifaceted discrimination in society)
I told you I’m going craYLOL..
BUT THE point is. What is YOUR ideal…do you know what YOUR body is telling you? Beside the shit you see influencing you everyday. Are you striving to be healthy for the right reasons?
Don’t let the perpetuation of society influence tell you how to like/agree with your body.