The Philosophy of Bodies

Many people have, for quite some time, argued for a more flexible notion of The Body. “The Apollonian Ideal” is simply not the standard by which we should all aim for in our own body.

Before I go further into this, let me make a few distinctions.

First, there is health.

Second, there is beauty.

Third, there is wellness.

Fourth, is there oppressive ideals.

When it comes to health, it is obvious that not all bodies can, should or do look the same. Even Hypocrites knew that. If this was known 2,500 years ago in medicine, imagine what the average doctor knows now.

When it comes to beauty, it;s not merely in the eye of the beholder. Beauty may be objective. However, that does not mean all beauty-instantiations are going to be the same. After all, Plato’s Form of Beauty was one in which a physical object on Earth partakes in the Form of Beauty.

As for wellness, this clearly does not mean the same thing in every body. For example, in my early teens, I was extremely good at high jump, long jump, long distance racing, and relay racing, even though I had the shortest legs of all members of our school.

Oppressive ideals are when we try to apply one single standard of any, each or all of these onto a person.


P.S. In MY house, the FIRST RULE is this: NEVER skimp on food.

Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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