The woman’s body image is all the rage in the western societies. One cannot go too far without seeing a half-naked woman somewhere. Unfortunately for most of us women, there is a shortage of half-naked men running around to make the ogling field even :-). Nudity is the new black and the more one exposes, the more ‘appreciated’ you are at least by men and perhaps lesbians. As much as there seem to be a clothing optional clause for females, most women are avoiding this even in the privacy of their own homes and in front of their spouses which is most disturbing.
There is a mixed message for us: the first message is the more skin you show the sexier you are. The second message is a woman have to fit into a certain size mold to be considered sexy. The truth is both those premises are false. What if things were reversed and women demanded a certain body type from men. The mold would look something like: At least 6′ 1″ tall, very well toned (2 pack minimum abs), being athletic would be a plus, a full head of hair, topped off with an at least slightly above average penis in length and girth. So, let’s think of all the men you know and see how many of them would fit nicely into that ideal.
This is not to say that both Christian men and women should ignore their bodies. The size issue is on two very extreme sides, the skinny vs the obese, which puts pressure on singles and married alike. It’s very interesting how society ended up with such a problem especially thinking about Adam and Eve who spent their days naked before the devil’s interruption. Can you image Adam pointing out that Eve’s breasts needed to be a little bigger and she should work a little harder to slim down her big hips a bit?
Society has moved from being ultra conservative to being ultra open. The true image of the body has been distorted beyond repair and women are the ones mostly affected. How many times have you walked through a crowed mall or event to see a very fat, beer bellied, and less than ideal body male walking with a woman who looks like she has a gym membership and uses it faithfully. However, it can be guaranteed that the woman is one who is feeling insecure about how she looks. These overt messages create quite a havoc for the Christian woman.
There is nothing wrong with feeling comfortable with your naked body. It takes practise. Afterall, everyone of us was born without a stitch of clothing. At least once or twice throughout each day we are naked. An unhealthy body image puts a strain on every aspect of our lives. This carries over to future or current relationships. When was the last time you looked at your naked body in the mirror and did not find at least 3 faults? The important question is when was the last time you actually looked at your naked body and appreciated what God had blessed?