21 May 2010
Conspiracy Theory: Body Images
Alex sent me a link to this article today. It basically says that while men do not give a rat's tail about whether they are looking at a fat body or a skinny body, women, even women with "healthy body images," show concern in MRI's when shown pictures of heavier bodies.
I have several theories about this phenomenon.
1. Men's job has traditionally been to go out and throw a spear at the food. Women then have to take a dead animal or pile of vegetation and make it into something pleasing or preserve it so the family won't starve. We have to feed the food to ourselves and other people. We worry that somewhere along the food line, the woman overfed her family or herself. In olden times, this mismanagement of resources could have lead to starvation. Kind of ironic.
2. We subconsciously know that weight is a heavy burden to carry. I mean, we carry the burden of our emotions every day, and that is a very heavy burden. Why would we want one more thing to carry around in our belabored minds? We already worry about household management, daily food preparation, depression, joy, aging, talents or lack thereof, death, meaning to existence, and things such as "What if that lady who looked at me funny wasn't swallowing bad food but in fact HATES ME FOREVER!?" See? A lot of weighty matters on our minds. Fat is just one more thing. It doesn't mean we are lying about having a good body image.
3. Men probably would have no brain activity if they saw shoes and socks on the floor in the front room, or a few cheerios under the table. But women would. We Care. About EVERYTHING.
Feel free to add your points to this theory. It is still in the development stage, and has not yet been accepted by the academic community.