235: is there more pressure for women to ‘look good’ compared to men?

Without a doubt, we both believe there are more pressures for women to look good compared to men. But also, we’re well aware that our perspectives are somewhat, maybe completely bias (because we are women) but let’s be real here… there is more pressure for women to ‘look good’ compared to men. 

And don’t worry we know there are a whole set of other pressures for men that women might not experience as much, like expressing emotions being seen as weakness, finance and money pressures, sexual pressure. And probably a whole bunch of others… but we aren’t talking about them today (we will need some men to come on the show for this :P)

This episode was actually inspired by a recent dinner conversation, it made me (Emma) realise that I’ve never actually chatted about this topic with men. So thank you to the men who actually brought it up. 

  • As women, we’ve grown up with our self-worth tied to how we look. 
  • A sign that women feel more pressure is the fact that female breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery in the world. We ask the question… WHY breast implants? 
  • The fact is that we all feel pressures in different areas, it’s our responsibility to welcome awareness, self-acceptance and then take action.
  • YES, eat well and be healthy and dress up and wear makeup, and do whatever the heck you want… just make sure it’s for YOU and not external factors. 

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Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

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