Eighty five percent of women reported that they opt out of important life activities because of feeling bad about their looks, according to a study by Dove.

Eighty. Five. Percent.

Twenty eight percent of women say they’ve experienced workplace discrimination. Seventy seven percent of women said this country needs to continue working to close the wage gap between men and women. Eighty one percent of women in America use a modern form of birth control. This means that almost every woman (see my video below) is holding back on life because she doesn’t feel like she’s pretty, or thin, or sexy enough. We’re allowing ourselves to be oppressed by our own poor self-image.

At the same time, we’re being bombarded on a constant basis with marketing messages that reinforce the belief that our bodies aren’t good enough, thin enough, or sexy enough by the diet industry.

The diet industry contributes to the oppression of women by perpetuating harmful myths about women’s bodies for the sake of making a profit. And profit they do—Americans spend north of $60 billion annually on diet and weight loss products.

This means that we’re not only consenting to being oppressed by poor self-image, we’re paying into it to the tune of $60 billion a year, with our hard-earned (unequal) wages.

That’s enough to fund Planned Parenthood’s operating budget 60 times over. Every. Single. Year.

I believe that women are the future—but if we’re more preoccupied with losing “the last 10 pounds” than with the well-being of our society, this country is in real trouble.

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