Who Struggles More With Body Standards? Men vs Women

Author: AlphaMD

This is an excerpt from our longer most recent Podcast style video on body Dysmorphia. In this video, we're going to explore the question: who struggles more with body standards? Men vs. Women.

Which group struggles more with body standards? We'll also discuss how to overcome body image struggles, and how to help those who struggle the most.

So what are you waiting for? Watch this video and learn about the struggles men and women face when it comes to body standards!


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Brian Mckinley:  Hey, welcome back. Today, we're gonna be doing a little bit more of a longer form video on body dysmorphia for men. This is Alpha MD and names. Brian. Here with Garrett today.

Garrett Soames: How's it going?

Brian Mckinley: We just kind of want to talk about this moment, you know we don't really have an agenda here but we went we're just talking this past week. I think about how Kind of s***** it is. Honestly, to be a man. And kind of the standard that men are held to, you know, physically like how they're supposed to look. Given like how they look at Hollywood, right? You know, and It seems like it just requires so much more work. for a man nowadays then, you know, and this isn't like hating on women, this is just saying like, For a man you have to build a ton of muscles and be really skinny for a woman generally just be really skinny so like innately there's a little bit of in my mind. A difference in like effort required to meet the Hollywood image.

Garrett Soames: Yeah, no.

Brian Mckinley: Does that make sense?

Garrett Soames: I mean I I think the best way to put it is just like The state the standards for women have always been overly ridiculous, right? You know with model you know almost the point you know anorexia and…

Brian Mckinley:  All right, right.

Garrett Soames: stuff like that. So so women have it just as bad I think as men do but I think for the first time at least probably in all of history you know this is an issue that men also are dealing with,…

Brian Mckinley:  Yeah. Yeah.

Garrett Soames: right? We Yeah.

Brian Mckinley:  That's a better way to put it. Yeah, that's that's a smarter way to put it.

Garrett Soames: Yeah, it is. It is it's kind of unique now for for men, you know, really of I think pretty much anywhere or at least in any, you know, modernized nation on our planet of this. You know, physical ideal. And it's really, you know, something that since it, since it is. So new men are really grappling with it and they're struggling with it because we haven't really,…

Brian Mckinley: Yeah.

Garrett Soames: you know, come to terms with what it really means and what's required and what, what do you know, women, you know, desire in a mate as far as like looks and whatnot. And then it's, it also comes at a time which is where there's this body positivity movement with with women. So, like when yeah,…

Brian Mckinley: Right. Yeah,…

Garrett Soames: women are now.

Brian Mckinley: you can see a lot lately, too.

Garrett Soames: Okay. Yeah yeah. So like there's you know women are are with this body positivity movement, they don't have to I think they're they're a lot more comfortable with with no longer having that, you know, ideal body image while at the same time. Uh, you…

Brian Mckinley: We don't have that much just yet.

Brian Mckinley: I feel like

Garrett Soames: Right. Yeah,…

Garrett Soames: men are not like this. Again, a good example is like the dad bod thing, right? Everything that like this is that's a new term…

Brian Mckinley:  yeah.

Garrett Soames: but it is a disparaging term, right? Like this guy,…

Brian Mckinley:  Yeah.

Garrett Soames: he's let himself go. That's a dad bod. Like if we were to say the same thing. That's a mom bod. That would not go over. Well,

Brian Mckinley:  Yeah. No. No I guess it's just the way that you say it too. Right. Because like, you know, there are people who like, you know, Older individuals, right? And they have a thing for that but it's not necessarily talking directly like using a term that relates directly to the way that they look right and the term Dad bought. Specifically refers to the way that the guy looks rather than just being like he's a dad and I'm into that he's like No he's a dad bod that's specifically talks about the way that he looks right.

Garrett Soames: Right? It's not talking about him as a man, like, Oh, he's he's supporting his family. He's a good father, it's not, it is You. It is objectifying them in a certain way you know as a specifically by how they look with again certain connotations of. This is a guy who probably used to be fit who. Now has let himself go, it's literally what that means. So it's

Brian Mckinley: Yeah, and no, no guy wants to hear that. No guy wants to hear that.

Garrett Soames:  no.

Brian Mckinley: No, no one's ever like, Hey, you're getting a little bit of a dad bought. Oh thanks.

Garrett Soames: Right. Yeah. Yeah. So again and it's weird because it's coming now at a time where again you know you see plus size models now on television and a magazines and and that was never a thing really before.

Brian Mckinley:  Yeah.

Garrett Soames: And I I'm all for it, you know. And I'm actually I actually am one of the guys…

Brian Mckinley:  Right.

Garrett Soames: who who likes curvy women you know, so I actually do it.

Brian Mckinley:  Yeah. Yeah.

Garrett Soames: I appreciate seeing you know, models of different sizes and stuff and I think so. I'm really excited for women in that regard these days but Yeah.

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