Pressure for Girl’s Perfection

Loowit Morrison, Journalist

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Many times when girls walk down the hall at school, walk home from school, or even just walk around their house, they are burdened by the thought that their bodies aren’t good enough.

Girls are so pressured to look ‘perfect’ or to have ‘perfect’ bodies. I think that there are so many girls around the world who are forced, every day, to think that they need to look a certain way, or be shaped a certain way.

Often, girls convince themselves that they aren’t perfect. Other times, though, social and external factors make these girls feel as though they need to have perfect looking bodies. According to BBC News, a study conducted in 2016 showed that approximately fifty percent of girls, ages ten to twenty-one, feel as though their bodies aren’t “pretty” enough. Our modern-day society is so overwhelmingly strict for when it comes to what looks “good” and what doesn’t. This causes extreme amounts of pressure for girls to have perfect bodies.

So, what exactly is a “perfect body”? Well, society has shaped “perfect bodies” into a small division which includes being skinny, fit, thin, and more. But, let’s be realistic. There’s no such thing as a “perfect” body. Every girl or woman around the world is beautiful and perfect.

Still, however, girls get this idea that they need to look a certain way, or look different. This is commonly caused by social media. On social media platforms, like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and etc., there’s easy access to accounts that showcase women and girls who are deemed as having the “right” bodies. Seeing these people can lead girls to believe that they need to look like the models they see.

Another common cause of girls thinking they need to have perfect bodies are their friends, peers, or the people around them. When girls see their peers and start thinking they need to look like them, which shapes their vision into

Do I look good? As good as them?

Most times, the people causing this situation aren’t even aware of their actions, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Other times, girls are pressured to look a certain way, on purpose.

Overall, there are extreme amounts of pressure on girls and women to have a “perfect body”, whether we’re noticing it or not. This image has just become an engraved part of our vision and society, and it needs to change. There is no definition of a perfect body. There is no right way to look. All people are beautiful and perfect.

“I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human being who’s not made to look like a doll.” -Emma Watson.