This article was first published on the Young Feminist Wire http://yfa.awid.org/2013/01/body-and-mind-a-tale-of-women%E2%80%99s-oppression/
I find writing about women’s body image, self-esteem and their relationship to their bodies extremely complex and risky. Complex, because so many factors, both internal and external, play a role in how women view their bodies and themselves, and risky, because falling into clichés is as easy as judging women for their choices.
I’ll try, however, if only to reclaim with words what societies take for granted as theirs: women’s bodies.
I’ll start with the postulate that most phenomena and behaviours are both the result of an individual personal path and a social product stemming from values, prejudices and norms present in any given society. It is important to underline the social components that interfere with women’s relationships to their bodies and how women perceive their bodies as we need to put this question back in the public and political…
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