Those of you who have been following Quotation Marks from the very beginning know that this is a blog full of lots and lots of quotes. I love words. I have so much fun finding quotes for script scarves. All my favorite authors are currently sitting in my Etsy shop the way they sit on my stained wood bookshelves. But recently, you may have noticed more posts about beauty and fashion. I wanted to use this blog post to answer the questions: why beauty?
For a lot of my life, I was asking myself the wrong question- “Am I beautiful?” I asked this question while looking at other people. I asked it while comparing myself to them. I asked it while watching them look at me, trying my hardest to see through their eyes, so that they could answer my question for me.
The theory that I use to explain my thoughts on beauty is Cooley’s Looking Glass self. To generalize, it states that:
1. We see other people watching us.
2. We decide what they are looking at and how they judge us.
3. We make a value judgement about ourselves based on how we think they are looking at us.
Number 3 is the scariest for me. It says that we decide, in essence, whether we are a good or bad person based on how we think other people look at us! According to this theory, we do this all the time. Everything we do, we are looking around, trying to figure out what other people think and how they are perceiving us. This theory is aptly named the Looking Glass Self. It basically states that everyone is standing around us, holding mirrors, and we are looking into them to figure out who we are. We can’t help but behave in response to how we think others are judging us. Or so this theory says.
This is so easy to do in the blog world. Bloggers are putting our lives out there to be judged, and it would be really easy to base our identity on the feedback that we are receiving. Many women spend their whole lives asking everyone “Am I beautiful?” which essentially boils down to, “Am I a good person?” Sometimes a blog is just another platform for them to ask that question to an even wider audience.
But I want you to know that that is no longer an important question in my life. I don’t want to use the opinions of others to try to figure out what I look like. Nowadays, my question is not “Am I beautiful?”, it is “Am I healthy?” Do I think about my face, my body, and my person in a healthy way? Do I realize that what I wear and what I weigh have nothing to do with whether I am a good or bad person?
As you probably realize, everyone’s idea of healthy is going to look different! I know some women that feel most healthy when they dress simply and don’t wear makeup. I know that it’s unhealthy for me to look at fitness blogs for a long time, but for others, it might be motivational and helpful. While for me, browsing beauty and fashion blogs is a freeing experience, for others, it might be a very unhealthy one. We all have different pathways to a healthy image of our body.
I do not blog about beauty and fashion because I am shallow, or because those are my top priorities. I blog about beauty and fashion because the more and more I let go of caring what other people think, the more I have enjoyed finding my own sense of style and sharing it with YOU!
What do you find is most helpful for you to have healthy body image? What kind of blogs do you like the most? What kinds of blogs are the most unhealthy?
I am so excited to join Anne the Adventurer’s Love Yourself link up today. Anne is one of those bloggers that I count as a real friend. Head over to blog, you will not regret reading her insightful, thoughtful, and relatable posts.
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