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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Some 20 percent of young people under 18 are unhappy with their bodies, and one in nine say they hate the sight that meets them when they look at themselves naked in the mirror, according to a survey by Sexlinien, a telephone and advisory service for young people.

“That tallies with what we hear during our sex education sessions,” says service organisers Sex & Samfund National Leader Marianne Lomholt in a news release.

“We get a lot of questions about the body in which young people write and call in because they are unsure as to whether their bodies are normal or good enough. This clearly shows that young people are under a lot of pressure from among others the media, the film and music businesses about what an ideal body should look like. Many have a very idealised view of the body,” she adds.

The organisation has chosen the body as the main theme for its annual campaign this week, in order to provide more nuanced and realistic body appreciation for 119,000 pupils from the 6-10 grade.

With a theme of ‘Your body – your life – your choice’ the organisation questions some of the attitudes as to what a body should look like.

Tummy and hair
Among other things, young people are said to be unhappy with their tummies and hair.

“Tummies and weight are not surprising issues. But it is worth noting that hair, and the shape and appearance of genital organs, are a problem for so many. This is clearly a result of the pornography business,” says Lomholt.

She says that surveys have shown that almost all young people see pornographic productions and that bodies are shown in a definitive and idealised way.

“Among other things, most porn models are shaved, so there is major focus on genital appearance. Also, male porn model genitals are mostly bigger than average,” she says.

Edited by Julian Isherwood


Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, 01:47 PM
I fail to see why anyone should be ashamed of their naked self when they admire themselves in the mirror. I'm no Hercules by build but after the shower I obviously sometimes observe myself in the mirror but am still usually fairly pleased with my appearance. These kids listen to way too much Emo music. ;)

People unhappy about their genitals also puzzles me. Why do they take porn stars as their comparison? It's like being all glum about taking longer than 2 1/2 mins to ski down the Lauberhorn ... useless. If they exercised enough anyway, they would regular visit a gym shower room and soon notice that not everyone else is endowed like a stallion either. It's life, and medically speaking anything from 3 1/2" should technically be enough to have sex. :P

Monday, May 10th, 2010, 08:13 PM
Why do they take porn stars as their comparison?
I guess its because that is all they have really seen. They watch porn happily (I did) and then compare themselves with these people because its like the pornstars are the epitome of sexuality to them, that's what sex is so you got to look like that.

medically speaking anything from 3 1/2" should technically be enough to have sex.
Well true perhaps but I doubt many women would be all too happy about this theory.

Monday, May 10th, 2010, 08:56 PM
If anyone, young or old is unhappy with their body, then they should DO something about it and quit whining. I am 52 and when I go to the gym, I put the young people to shame. I eat most anything I want, I just work it off with exercise. No one needs to look like Hercules, but there is no excuse for being weak and/or fat. There are so many opportunities available to people who want to be athletic, they just don't come with a computer or video game.

Monday, May 10th, 2010, 09:24 PM
In my opinion it is a result of the cultural emasculation of men. Compared to women Men are not beautifull creatures, and they have never been viewed as such, the mans purpose is to provide comfort and safety, because that is what traditionally attracted women, and still should.

I have been noticing more and more that men are being emasculated, when out with colleagues I hear them pay compliments to eachother in regards to going to the gym or the such. This baffled me as men are not vain, or not meant to be, so physical compliments do not have the same effect as they would on a woman, but there you go. If i were to compliment a man it would be something along the lines of "you got the engine working ? nicely done:thumbup", or "you're pretty adept at the long jump, good cromagnid genes:thumbup", these are the kind of compliments I would respond to. Not being proficient and able would leave me feeling more inadequate than hair on my stomach or smaller genitals then a porn star.