Are men as sensitive about body image as women?

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  1. NGRIA Bassett profile image61
    NGRIA Bassettposted 9 years ago

    Men seem to role with the punches a bit better than women concerning weight gain, having a pot belly and all. What do you think?

    1. profile image0
      cosetteposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      hmm i don't know...most guys i know are pretty self-conscious about their bodies. seems like moreso now than in say, the last 10 years or so. then again, i start feeling nervous when my jeans get tight and it's not PMS, but i have seen a few 'muffin tops' walking around shamelessly, so i guess you're right! big_smile

    2. Lady_E profile image65
      Lady_Eposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I don't think so. They just laugh about it, but don't get insecure. smile

    3. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think some men are quite aware and sensitive to their body shape but don't talk about it so openly. some men and women don't seem to care. hmm

      1. Lisa HW profile image64
        Lisa HWposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Based on guys I know who have put on a few pounds at one time or another, I think it depends on the person - not the sex.  Adolescent and teen boys, I think, are every bit as insecure about it as girls (sometimes maybe more so).

    4. Philent profile image67
      Philentposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I am the only girl in 3 siblings, and my two brothers are as conscious as me..they are even more vocal about it..

    5. RKHenry profile image76
      RKHenryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I tend to disagree.  I think men are just as much aware of their appearance as women are.

    6. Cagsil profile image82
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No Men are not as interested in their body than women. smile

  2. aware profile image65
    awareposted 9 years ago

    as the first man to reply to this ? my answer is of course we are. more so maybe .

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    Madame Xposted 9 years ago

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/4019875125_d0ff0344e7_o.jpg

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ha Ha, perfect smile

    2. prettydarkhorse profile image64
      prettydarkhorseposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      lol!!

  4. hinckles koma profile image66
    hinckles komaposted 9 years ago

    when a man knows his comfortable, just like a woman knows shes set and doesnt need to try to impress anyone. look at all the celebz men those who impress stay dressed the best. love all koma.  madam ex: that is a perfect example NICE.!!!

  5. profile image0
    Maximus591posted 9 years ago

    Women's body shape is subject to much greater media scrutiny than men's.

    If men were subject to the same scrutiny, they too would develop similar levels of neurosis

    1. hinckles koma profile image66
      hinckles komaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      agree.

  6. profile image0
    Star Witnessposted 9 years ago

    No.  Men are as sensitive as women are, though they are more likely to cover it up with bravado, etc.  There are some that do not care at all about their appearance, just as there are some women, but I don't necessarily think it is a good trait to have.

    Some men WISH physical appearance was not important for them, however, that has never been the case and becomes less and less so.  I don't see many hair transplant and penis enlargement ads geared towards women.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      ha, we only have to look at media ads, magazines, the obsession that many have with celebrities (which I'll never understand) and women pay big bucks to look beautiful, look at the plastic surgery business, it's crazy.

  7. tksensei profile image60
    tksenseiposted 9 years ago

    Yes, men are very sensitive about women's bodies!

    1. hoodieweather profile image61
      hoodieweatherposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That made me laugh.

      I'm pretty sensitive when it comes to my body. I don't know why really, I just am.

      smile

  8. repstrydiefly profile image65
    repstrydieflyposted 9 years ago

    Well I don't know about body shape, because I have been pretty fit my whole life. But I do know that I had a bad case of teenage acne and was very sensitive about it. I was feel hurt inside if somebody was talking about a pimple, acne, blackheads, or certain foods because of it even if they weren't talking about me. I just kept it in because I didn't want people to know that I was sensitive. I could not get rid of my ego if my life depended on it. But even to this day I find myself sensitive about the scars that the acne left and think people are talking about my face when they say certain words. So really I think it's all the mind and conscience trying to make you feel bad about yourself just because in the society we are in today, if you aren't perfect your nothing. At least that's what it seems like. People love each other for what they look like or what they wear, but don't look at REAL people with flaws for who they are. WHERE IS THE LOVE THESE DAYS.

  9. kmackey32 profile image68
    kmackey32posted 9 years ago

    Every Man is different.

    1. drej2522 profile image82
      drej2522posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ehh, Mackey! That's where you all get it wrong. All men are the same. Do you know what we think about 90 percent of time?...Nothing! Absolutely nothing....

      1. Colebabie profile image61
        Colebabieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Nothing... then sex... nothing...then sex?

        1. drej2522 profile image82
          drej2522posted 9 years agoin reply to this

          well, there is not much thinking when sex is involved...it's just DOING! but yes, something like that.

        2. kmackey32 profile image68
          kmackey32posted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I wish my husband thought of sex all the time. lol

        3. evelys27 profile image54
          evelys27posted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Honestly, I agree.

  10. Colebabie profile image61
    Colebabieposted 9 years ago

    But men think about sex more than they actually have sex.

    1. drej2522 profile image82
      drej2522posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      hahaha...hmmm

      1. Colebabie profile image61
        Colebabieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Women as well. I don't mean to leave us out. One may think of it every day, but only have it a few times a week.

        1. drej2522 profile image82
          drej2522posted 9 years agoin reply to this

          you have a point...MY point, was that a lot of women tend to think men have this elaborate scheme going on in their heads, where we ALL seem  to over analyze things like women (of course I'm way over-generalizing here but true nonetheless!)

          1. Colebabie profile image61
            Colebabieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Yes, often times men don't see past whatever it is. Sometimes this can be frustrating though. Not everything is simple. Although I do admire the way my boyfriend can simplify things smile It really just depends on what it is.

            1. drej2522 profile image82
              drej2522posted 9 years agoin reply to this

              True, not everything is simple. WE try to make things that way. Cause really, we are just big kids. = )

    2. Philent profile image67
      Philentposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LOL! I agree!

  11. drej2522 profile image82
    drej2522posted 9 years ago

    Anyway, back to the original question. I would think most men think about being in shape or looking physically fit, but I don't think weight is an overall issue. Unless of course, the guy is/looks overweight.

  12. Colebabie profile image61
    Colebabieposted 9 years ago

    Guys think about it. Are they as self conscious as women? Probably not. But they definitely think about it.

  13. kmackey32 profile image68
    kmackey32posted 9 years ago

    I still think all men are different. smile

  14. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 9 years ago

    It depends on the men. Some of the metro sexual men in my town take as much care as any woman. smile

  15. drej2522 profile image82
    drej2522posted 9 years ago

    I'm just saying the majority of my "circle of friends" don't discuss it. It's tough to say ‘every or all’...because that would be impossible. In my opinion, most men are nowhere near as self-cautious about it as women.

  16. Lisa HW profile image64
    Lisa HWposted 9 years ago

    prettydarkhorse, that's a good one.  I've seen signs of that "phenomenon" plenty of times.

  17. brimancandy profile image77
    brimancandyposted 8 years ago

    I can think of several things men obsess over.

    Hair loss, belly fat, the size of their wang, and various spots and rashes that weren't there before, genital itching. Acne.
    How they compare to other men physically. Or, just wether or not they are physically attractive to either sex.

    Height is another issue with men. Usually shorter guys (like me)feel kind of let down that we were shortchanged in that department, as some men who are exceptionally tall and thin, wish they were more normal, unless of course they play basketball, than it becomes an advantage. But, a lot of tall men hate it if you ask them if they play.

    I hang around with a lot of men, and some are so tangled up into the perfection of their own bodies, that they spend time thinking of little else.

    I have facial hair, and I am allways playing with it, with the underlying question. Does anyone notice?

  18. bojanglesk8 profile image60
    bojanglesk8posted 8 years ago

    Men don't care as much about their appearance as women; this is a fact. Another piece of evidence that corroborates my statement is the fact that society places much more pressure on women to look beautiful -- have perfect skin, a toned, slim body, etc. while it's more socially accepted for guys to have fucked up skin and a pot belly and a bald head, etc.

    1. brimancandy profile image77
      brimancandyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I guess it depends on your situation. It is true that women are more pressured by what is in the media to look good. But, when you take into account every day life, associating with others, and how people think of one another. I think there is an equal balance to look good on the outside, as you feel on the inside.

      Only a man who is full of himself, isn't going to care what he looks like, because he already thinks he's a god, even though he is probably the ugliest MF on the planet. There are women out there who act the same, even though someone might not find them attractive at all. (they are known as bitches!)

      Like I said, I know several men who obsess about their appearance, and they don't have magazines telling them how they should or shouldn't look. If you don't believe you are attractive enough, you are never going to believe it. That
      is why there is anorexia in both women and men.

      The new television scurge is infomercials, making claims to turn anyone into a slim, buff, gorgeous human being, using hot models to send their message out. And, people are dumb enough
      to fall for it, thinking they could look like that too! GOD!!
      You are never going to look like that person! It's not possible
      unless you were once his or her twin!

      I think those commercials should be banned!

  19. Bovine Currency profile image60
    Bovine Currencyposted 8 years ago

    I am rather comfortable with my body image but over the years I can safely say I was very strung out, different reasons gave me bad health and I was uncomfortable with how I looked.  Not really about sexual image but just didn't feel right.  I felt ugly inside I guess you could say.  Of course it is a peacock thing too.  Guys are judged by women more than the other way I suspect.  The women I know think they know what men look for but they have no idea, then they end up with the guys who are just bright enough to work that out but are so daft in every other way.  I have no money, no degree or training have never had a steady career path but I am confident about who I am.  I might not be the hottest guy out there but who is the judge of such a thing?  Confidence is the best fashion accesory I know.  If I feel good about myself I pick up whoever I want.  Currently, I want no woman so I don't care at all.  I still look after myself, for myself.  Between all the guys I have had as friends we all have different ideas about what we like in a womans physique. 

    Short answer, women are more sensitive, for sure!

  20. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 8 years ago

    i think they worry a lot about their image and appearance too, but they wont tell the women, LOL

    1. RKHenry profile image76
      RKHenryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'd agree to that.  But all one has to do is to ask their siblings for the truth.  It takes me about an hour a day to get ready.

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image64
        prettydarkhorseposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        one hour, my goodness, me twenty minutes including bath hahaha

  21. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 8 years ago

    I can only base my response on the actions of my husband and his buddies. You would NEVER hear them say:

    Hey, Randy, do these jeans make my butt look big?

    Robert, do you know how many calories that beer has?

    No, waiter. Bring me a broiled skinless chicken breast - the steak has too much saturated fat.

    Steve, do you know of any great diet tips I could try?


    If my husband sees the words "low fat," "reduced fat," "low calorie," "low carb," or "reduced sodium" on a food, he won't eat it! He never gives a thought to what he eats. I kinda envy that. I calculate the calories in everything - even if I eat it, anyway. He never thinks of such things. Ironically, I'm the one who's overweight.

  22. zzron profile image58
    zzronposted 8 years ago

    I dont think so but they should. I am a firm believer in not judging a book by its cover and I at one time had long hair and a long ZZ TOP beard but thats what I liked at the time and I kept it clean and neat and well groomed and I have always been a nice forthright caring person but I believe first impressions carry a lot of weight and I'm sure I was judged unfairly but I didn't care what other people thought. Now that I'm older and more mature I understand the importance of first impressions and believe we all should take pride in our appearance and have a concern for our own health.

  23. LizzyBoo profile image59
    LizzyBooposted 8 years ago

    it depends on many factors. Mostly, it depends from what backround men comming from.

    1. Bovine Currency profile image60
      Bovine Currencyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Ferrets rule! cool

 
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