Too many times women are looked too as the primary surveyor for our standard of beauty in society. But we often fail to point out that although there are so many pressures of society on women’s beauty, men are also often extremely critical of their appearance.
In a recent article on CNN.com, Michael Addis, a professor of psychology at Clark University, describes men’s ideals of being well-oiled machines,
“Men are still taught as boys that the body is something that is designed to be a perfectly performing machine, not something to be cared for and nurtured. But men base self-esteem on body image and weight.”
He goes on to note, “As women gain more financial power in society, men are expected to bring more to the table. In addition to being financially successful, they need to be well-groomed, in good shape, emotionally skilled in relationships and the emphasis on looking good is just part of the bigger package — the stakes have been raised.”
It’s possible that women are simply more vocal abut their weight, than we care to admit. But men struggle with issues of body image, just as much, if not more so, than women.
Do you know any men who have struggled with their weight or body image?