Obsession

“If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.”

Ah, women. While the above statement is written tongue in cheek, not many of us can truly accept ourselves as we are, and there is always one thing – at least – about our bodies we don’t like. But that isn’t necessarily a wrong trait to have. Look at it from the bright side. It means we are not content, yes, but it also means we don’t just accept things for the way they are and are always striving to improve them. In other facets of life, that may be perceived as an advantage.

Women have a slight obsession with the way they look. Is that a problem? No, its an evolved trait. Centuries ago women realised that their way to rising social status depended on snagging a high power mate, and by appealing to his inner senses, his drive. And so began the obsession to look good, because the more better looking a woman was, the more opportunities presented themselves, giving her the choice and power to pick, instead of being just submissively chosen by a sole mate.

Now of course in the current modern world, the role of women has changed. Women don’t just stay at home and produce children, they actually go out to work as hard as their male spouses, while continuing to manage the household. The social and economic role of women has changed, but that doesn’t mean you can just change evolutionary traits in a generation.

But don’t just tick women off for being obsessed with their bodies. What about men? They want to have muscles and look good. As with evolution, men with the biggest bodies were deemed to have the most strength and hence seen as able to hunt and provide for their families. Or they would work the field (a bit low status though). Or they could be soldiers, gladiators and knights, or lords. Men nowadays are equally obsessed with their bodies. They lift weights, eat protein, some take so-called legal (not really) steriods. Men are equally obsessed as women about the way they look. A man’s role as sole breadwinner may have changed with time, but his evolutionary bias is still present in some form.

Consider this statement:
“If tomorrow, men woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.”

The gym industry would.
The protein industry would.
The male beauty industry would.

And all those industries, that cater to men and women both wanting to look good, would all collapse.

Don’t begrudge women for their obsession with looks. Men are just as bad.