by NATALIA HAWK
Think about how much time you’ve spent thinking about your weight or appearance in the last week. Think about how much time you’ve spent obsessing over how much weight you might like to lose from your belly or thighs, or worrying about how many calories you consumed at lunchtime.
Think about that time and give me an estimate. A minute per day? An hour per day? On and off, all day, every single day?
Last week, the Mamamia team headed to a screening of a film called Miss Representation. We’ve seen it before, but one of our lovely commenters was hosting another screening and invited MM’s Managing Editor, Jamila Rizvi to do a Q&A session at the end of the film.
So we all bought popcorn and Maltesers and sat down to watch the film (which is brilliant, by the way – get your paws on a copy if you can). And as we sat, and listened, and took notes on our phones, and tried to remember all the statistics, there were two quotes that really struck a chord with us:
– “If women spent a tenth of the time thinking about how to solve the world’s problems as they think about their weight…we could solve them in a matter of months.” – Katie Couric
– If you and I, every time we pass a mirror, complain about our looks, remember that a girl is watching us and that is what she is learning.” – Gloria Steinem
In my life, I am surrounded by the most amazing, supportive and intelligent women anyone could ever hope to know. These women make up my family, my friends and my colleagues. It’s a pleasure to be in their company on a daily basis.
There are a million things that these women should be proud of themselves for – and they know it. And yet they still find ways to criticise themselves on a daily basis.