These are comments by Salvice on the post “I Want the World to See The Man I See in Myself“.
This article resonates because it demonstrates the act of constructing a positive self image. I don’t think that many people realize the degree to which mass media representations of beauty deconstruct (even decimate) our self image, or how deeply ingrained those feelings of inferiority sit within us. It starts when we are young, and we grow up actively questioning whether or not we are “beautiful”. Doubts about self image are part of an ongoing and active process that is reinforced every single day.
It is a habit, a compulsion, an unhealthy one at that, and habits can only be broken through changes in behavior.
BlaQueer has made an active effort to depict his person as he is, the complete opposite of the media’s “if you don’t look like this, you are inadequate” message. Celebrating the person that he is, rather than lamenting the person that he isn’t… that is truly revolutionary. Such an activity might be therapeutic for those of us who still struggle with image insecurity.
Three cheers for positive self image!!! Also, I love his squishy chocolate cheeks :-*
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