We’d like to kick off our new BLOG by extending a warm welcome to Sydney Avitia-Jacques, who is interested in bringing media scrutiny about males, body image, and diversity (or lack thereof) to NAMED and our supporters.
Sydney writes, “The average person in the US spends over 10 hours a day consuming media. Body and masculinity insecurity in men and boys has risen with our media exposure. Media messages have also become increasingly dangerous. Males are told they can not be too fat, too skinny, or too weak; they are told to subject themselves to the idea of “the perfect body”; and perhaps worst of all, they are told it is never okay to feel insecure. With this blog, NAMED will investigate mixed media depictions of males in pop culture, to provoke the discussion that will help those hurt by this phenomenon reclaim their self worth. We encourage readers to comment on social media and to start these conversations with people in their own lives.”
Sydney is from Los Angeles, CA, and is a student athlete at Bowdoin College in Maine, where she studies Sociology and Spanish. She is a member of Bowdoin’s Peer Health, which promotes physical and mental health on campus. She is an eating disorder survivor, and is passionate about positive body image advocacy and mental health destigmatization. She believes in the power of the media to educate and create positive social change.
We’ll be posting the first of Sydney’s analyses soon when she tackles Glamour’s “Sexiest Men of 2015″