We recently published a piece called "Is Your Body Image Hurting Your Love Life? 3 Ways To Change," which is all about how women need to stop the negative self-talk and embrace positive body images, flaws and all. But how does one do that when the media is filled with Jessica Albas and Rihannas (both of whom are literally staring at me right now from magazine covers), and the world is filled with douchebags who judge women based on appearance? Half Of Men Would Dump A Woman If She Got Fat
New website My Body Gallery thinks it's helping. It's a searchable database full of user-uploaded photos, tagged with their self-described height, weight, body type, pant size and shirt size. You put in your stats and get to see women with the same ones. The goal, according to the founders, is to "to help women objectively see what we look like and come to some acceptance that we are all beautiful."
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Ladies have skewed senses of their bodies, say the founders: "95 percent of non-eating disordered women overestimate the size of their hips by 16 percent and their waists by 25 percent, yet the same women were able to correctly estimate the width of a box. In a world full of images of how we 'should' look it can get difficult to tell how we DO look."
I say it's at least an interesting experiment. And while I don't have much of an opinion on the site — it's a neat idea, there are far more shocking things on the Internet, and I'm a little sleepy right now — I polled other YourTango'ers (and one former YourTango'er). Here are the candid opinions of a small, but diverse sample size of women:
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Melanie Gorman, Senior VP of YourTango Experts: "It's disturbing to me, perhaps mostly because of how I felt seeing other people who supposedly have my body. After that, I laughed and said 'not bad really.' I think how it's used will in part depend on who promotes it. If it's like a Dove campaign, that could be positive."
Krissy Gasbarre, Manager of Content & Branded Entertainment: "Actually, I'll be honest: I tested it today and thought that the women with my same measurements looked pretty good. If we don't take it too seriously and don't start obsessively comparing ourselves to others, it can be a healthy way to get perspective and see that people who are a comparable size to us actually look pretty damn good."