Academy award-winner Jane Fonda explains why it is important for young women to feel empowered about their bodies and their health.
If you are alienated from your body you really, you don’t have control over your life and one becomes alienated from one’s body in any number of ways. It can be that growing up, your parents said, “You’re too fat,” or “you’re ugly,” or made you feel like you weren’t good enough, commented on your physique.
You can become alienated from your body if someone touches you inappropriately or obviously if you were raped or sexually abused or incested.
You can be alienated from your body by looking at the media and advertising and seeing what’s considered beautiful. If you don’t measure up, nobody measures up, you know, they are all airbrushed anyway, so, but there’s just a feeling of anxiety that can rise up in young person that causes them to be alienated from their body and what that does is it makes them very vulnerable to getting in trouble, risky behavior, you know.
The opposite of it is saying, “This is my body. I own it. No one can disrespect it or abuse it or do anything to it, unless I approve and of course I don’t.” No one is going to approve any of those bad things, but real ownership of your physical being is very important. It’s one of the reasons why sports are so important for girls. It gives them, they inhabit their bodies when they become athletic and it inoculates them against risky behavior, you know, like promiscuity and things like that.
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