This post is about anal bleaching and how it is an indicator of how screwed up our body image is.
Most of us are now aware of these facts:
· Fashion photos are airbrushed
· 40% of fashion models are anorexic
· Filters mean even candid photos and videos are now altered
We know we're out of touch on what healthy beauty is about. However, most of us don't really comprehend the extent of the false beliefs we've picked up.
And this leads me to the anal bleaching. When you're making porn, lighting the action is a challenge. You've got two (or three or four etc) people standing up close together. You get shadows. And with high resolution being the norm now, you see every makeup smear, blemish etc.
So, hooray for software editors with artificial intelligence that can track moving objects. With the help of software, an editor can say, "Light up that butt!" and do it with the touch of a button.
The result is a clearer image, and a rear end that's unnaturally light in hue.
The average viewer doesn't know the image has been tinkered with. And after watching hours and hours of the stuff, a fan looks in the mirror or their partner and says, "Does my bum look too dark to you?"
Think I'm exaggerating? Well, the first reports of dermatologists having non-porno star clients demanding anal bleaching appeared in 2005. Numbers kept increasing.
And in 2016, the idea got another massive boost when celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian went public with their "improvements". Today there are over the counter creams for people who want to bleach their bums at home.
As Asian media is a bit shy about this topic, you may or may not have heard of anal bleaching. But my point is this: when hundreds of thousands of people become convinced that their bums are the wrong hue and we have cosmetic procedures and product lines for home treatments, you know how powerful and insinuating media messages are and how totally screwed up we are when it comes to healthy body image.
Bottom line: (pardon the pun) don't feel guilty if you have a body image issue. It's a consequence of being alive in 2019. Also, don't just sit there and take it.
If you are:
· Suffering from anxiety because you don't 'look right'
· Purging after big meals
· Punishing yourself for eating
· Denying yourself food
See your family doctor, talk to a mental health professional like me, or engage a professional dietician at a hospital. There is help. Just reach out for it.
NOTE: Image by Claudio_Scott from Pixabay