Thursday, 13 January 2011

Am I suffering from body dysmorphia?


Body suits can look so different one to the other.  The Japanese girl with the body suit in my eyes looks "normal" and not extreme, albeit very unusual.  There is no sense that she dislikes her body.  Whereas the second photos is of another attractive woman who could conceivably suffer from a form of body dysmorphia.
She has so radically altered her appearance that she may have done it because she didn't like how she was before.  I think she looks wonderful but then I am hardly coming to that judgement from the same place as the great untattooed or lightly tattooed world.

When talking to the students this week, I admitted that I am now in a hurry to eliminate all my pink unadorned skin on my body and that feeling of urgency contributes enormously to my desire to have a bodysuit. I was also asked if all social considerations could be eliminated would I have my face tattooed.  They appeared surprised when I said not only would I like to do that but it was a  matter of sadness that I will never feel able to do so.

Does that make me ill?  Is the woman here ill?   I don't know.  I don't feel ill, in fact I love being tattooed and it makes me happy. I must leave others to judge if I am a sick man or not.

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