To the Bone; why I disagree with the critics.

“To the Bone” is a new Netflix original film – starring the likes of Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves – and has been met with mixed reviews. Many critics have claimed that the film glamourises eating disorders (EDs) and the film has received backlash regarding this.

However, I genuinely disagree with this perspective. I don’t believe that EDs are at all romanticised within the film but rather the harsh reality which concerns them is focused on. If anything, it is a story that promotes the concept of recovery and has the ability to start an honest conversation about mental illness and eating disorders that the mainstream media fail to explore in the depth that it deserves. Continue reading To the Bone; why I disagree with the critics.

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Rehab. (The Media’s Part in the Decline of Amy Winehouse)

The mainstream media are superbly good at kicking people when they are down. This is apparent on a daily basis when magazines and magazines of cruel comments and vicious rumours line the shelves and television hosts slur snide, harsh remarks only to humour their audiences.

The “Amy” documentary depicting the life and death of the late Amy Winehouse left a sour taste in my mouth as the role the media played in her downfall played through my mind. The documentary emphasised the toxic effect that fame can have on a person. Continue reading Rehab. (The Media’s Part in the Decline of Amy Winehouse)

Beauty is a social construction.

I’ve written about this subject matter before but, as many of you may know by now, I don’t ever consider this to be a valid reason as to not discussing it here again. Body image is an issue that men and women from around the globe deal with on a daily basis.

There are statistics that show that insecurity regarding body image is still, arguably more now than ever before, a burning issue within society. The construction of beauty that is established and distributed by the media is adopted and promoted so easily – too easily – by the society in which we live in. This beauty standard is creating insecurities and leading to low self-esteem and various mental disorders. Yet, we still conform to it. Continue reading Beauty is a social construction.