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February 07, 2013

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Susan Walker

I am reading a book that was written by a couple who spent years compiling literally billions of internet searches to find what people were looking for/interested in/found attractive in the opposite sex. With men, for every search done for a naked, slim woman, there were four times as many searches for a naked, voluptuous/BBW. Also? Five times more searches for women in their 40's than for young women. Fascinating, huh? (My boss told me about the book when I was complaining about my weight, even though, like you, I have had a handful of men tell me I'm beautiful and flirt with me in recent years.)

falnfenix

i have a link to send you later this evening. it's VERY not work safe, but it certainly helped me with my body issues.

Albug

Oh that body image thing, what a s.o.b. it is.
A long time ago I realized that it wasn't important to be the woman every man noticed when I walked into the room but to be the woman they remembered when I left.
Now my husband is the only person I need to please and he loves and desires this body after 46 years.

Jen on the Edge

As you know, this is something near and dear to my heart, as I have worked hard to undo 25 years of body image issues. Thankfully, I'm getting closer to accepting myself as I am and to appreciate what I have.

Patience

It's great that you've learned to be comfortable in your body. Confidence and self-acceptance are sexy, so no wonder the menfolk are interested!

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

It SHOULD be about health.
I think part of the reason our culture is so messed up (hello, tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, soon followed by violent movie commercials on SuperBowl Sunday) is that we allow those with ZERO interest in our well-being to dictate what is presented to us on a daily basis as The Goal.

I'm proud of you for how far you've come. What a great example you and Jen are to your daughters.
I know I am "preaching to the choir" when I state that there is more to dress size than just numbers. I have broad shoulders and a larger-than-average bone structure; size 14 is my thin size.

Claudia

Hallelujah and THANK YOU for this!

Green Girl in Wisconsin

Healthy and confident is a million times more attractive than the alternative. Great post, Jenn!

Jenrantsraves

As you know, I've been immersing myself in photography lately, and I have been stunned by the amount of editing that goes on in most photographs. My husband (as a graphic designer) has shown me some things he's worked on that would knock your socks off. I am realizing more and more that the majority of things we see in magazines, and on television are completely fake, and yet that is what we are measuring ourselves against!

gary rith

as a man, I have to tell you, what I see is the SMILE...and women may be more hard on themselves and other women than anyone else! men are too busy thinking about beer and hockey ;)

Brightside-Susan

I agree with his - I was never one of the thin girls and rarely let it bother me too much that my body type wasn't the "popular" one because I had the attention of men - maybe not college boys, but men. I know that attitude has a lot to do with it, too. Even at my advanced age!

Jocelyn

This topic is huge and important, and you know I totally identify with it. I love that you're sharing so openly, too. I listen to Adam Carolla's podcast and appreciate that he's always critiquing the "Most Sexy" lists, noting that they appear to be compiled by women and gay men, as he and all the men he knows prefer flesh and real over tiny and "toned."

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