Body image is still a resilient problem. Despite the widespread rhetoric that “it’s what’s on the inside that counts” (who ever explicitly states the opposite?), despite all the self-help books and the public resistance against contemporary beauty standards, the anxiety and self-hate that results from one’s own body image remains rampant. It is often argued that this is an indication that we ought to love ourselves more, but the problem is more likely caused by an individualistic understanding of the body.Read More
Do we have a listening ear?
There was once an epidemic of suicides in Micronesia. In the 1960s, suicide was almost unknown in these South Pacific islands, but by the end of the 1980s their suicide rate was the highest in the world. Most of these suicides were teenage males who hung themselves.