The Virtual Body Ideal: Why We Feel More Insecure Than Ever

The Dutch documentary Beperkt Houdbaar (Preservation Limited) throws a critical look upon our media era and how beauty in marketing is affecting the way we perceive ourselves. In the past 50 years or so, objectively speaking, women have become more beautiful. Better living conditions has reduced damage to their teeth and skin. Almost all women today look healthier than a few generations back did. Somehow, however, we don’t see it this way. A shocking 2% of women find their own bodies sexy today, and about the same percentage said they were pleased with how they look. The ever-widening gap between how we want to look and what we actually see in the mirror seems to splitting us in half.

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