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Amanda, pictured, volunteered for the project because she 'knew I had to reclaim the only thing left that I felt like I had control over: my body and the ever imperfect, complicated relationship I've always had with it' Grace, pictured, said she volunteered because 'too often Mormon women wait for and rely on their husbands or the births of their children to validate the beauty, divinity and power of their womanhood' 'Most of the images we see of women’s bodies are very thin, very “ideal”.
In reality, very few of us fit that so-called ideal.
It is unrealistic to expect all of us to be perfectly thin and sculpted, with perky breasts and no cellulite. Women of different shapes, sizes, and ages demonstrate that bodies need not bring shame but can be owned, celebrated, and honored.
It made me SO uncomfortable that guys so much older than me, older than most of my siblings (all of which are 8 years plus older than me), were sending me messages telling me that I was “hot”.We became good friends first and we only started dating 2 years later.That was mostly because I transferred schools, but because we became friends first, we had a connection that drew us back together for a chance at something more.To get some insight into what women go through on these dating websites, I pulled aside one of my family members who I knew had spent some time on these sites looking for her future spouse.By the time of this interview, she had already given up and moved on, finally discovering her future husband while visiting old friends at her alma mater. Ryan (RD): What year did you sign up with an online dating website and how long did you keep your account? RD: What were the majority of messages that you received from guys like? I got some commenting on my picture telling me how “hot” I was…how “good” I looked.
To explore this topic, I pulled aside two individuals who I knew were hunting for a long-term relationship using online dating websites, and asked them about their experiences with the services.