Our bodies - the Home of a lifetime.
In 2012, I published "Seven Stages of Style" (https://damsonbelle.blogspot.com/2012/06/seven-stages-of-style.html) and it remains one of my most read blogs to date. I've recently reflected on how this might apply to Body Image and so I've adapted it into the blog below!
According to Shakespeare in “As you like it”, there are several stages of 'man' – infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloons, and second childhood.
- Stage one – Infancy:
- Stage two – Childhood:
- Stage three – Our teenage years:
🌞The bright side: This is perhaps the age where energy most goes into addressing body confidence issues, with targeted resources and PHSE a key (although not mandatory) part of the national curriculum. Also, in the teen years, there is access to social media - whilst it is often seen as part of the problem, SM gives you choice: you can choose/be directed to a wider range of bodies and views than can be presented in the mainstream media.
- Stage four – The (early) work years:
- Stage five – Settled lifestyle time:
- Stage six – Body Confidence Maturity?
- Stage seven – Old age/second childhood: