Photo Series Highlights How Damaging The Media Is Towards Women’s Self-Esteem

The Line Series is Sarah Coffman, new photo project which she created in hope to change the way we think about women and body image

 

Sarah Coffman, a 24-year-old blogger, is trying to change the way we think about women and body image with her new photo project called the Line Series.

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“As women we try to fit inside of ‘young enough,’ ‘thin enough,’ ‘pretty enough,’ ‘nice enough,’ ‘tough enough,’ ‘able enough,’ without ever becoming ‘too much,’” Coffman told BuzzFeed News.

"As women we try to fit inside of 'young enough,' 'thin enough,' 'pretty enough,' 'nice enough,' 'tough enough,' 'able enough,' without ever becoming 'too much,'" Coffman told BuzzFeed News.

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“If you want to be socially acceptable you need to keep yourself inside the lines.”

"If you want to be socially acceptable you need to keep yourself inside the lines."

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The 24-year-old got a few of her friends together and took photos in their underwear while reading magazines.

The 24-year-old got a few of her friends together and took photos in their underwear while reading magazines.

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They also drew lines on their body in Sharpie markers — similar to what plastic surgeons would do — to show what these magazines would consider their “imperfections.”

They also drew lines on their body in Sharpie markers — similar to what plastic surgeons would do — to show what these magazines would consider their "imperfections."

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“If you look at the cover of any woman’s magazine there’s three main themes: what can you do for men, learn to love yourself, and how to lose 30 pounds in some ridiculously unhealthy amount of time,” Coffman said.

"If you look at the cover of any woman's magazine there's three main themes: what can you do for men, learn to love yourself, and how to lose 30 pounds in some ridiculously unhealthy amount of time," Coffman said.

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“How can anyone be okay with these articles? Why do we have to care SO much about what HE thinks?”

"How can anyone be okay with these articles? Why do we have to care SO much about what HE thinks?"

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According to the blogger, she was inspired to create the Line Series because of how she’s been personally affected by the portrayal of women and women’s bodies in the media.

According to the blogger, she was inspired to create the Line Series because of how she's been personally affected by the portrayal of women and women's bodies in the media.

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“Every woman out there has those lines of insecurity, and they continue to grow because we allow them to,” Coffman explained.

"Every woman out there has those lines of insecurity, and they continue to grow because we allow them to," Coffman explained.

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“Part of the reason that media has such a huge impact is because we let it.”

"Part of the reason that media has such a huge impact is because we let it."

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Coffman hopes that her project inspires people to stop judging other women based on their size.

Coffman hopes that her project inspires people to stop judging other women based on their size.

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“Internalized misogyny is such a huge problem,” she said.

"Internalized misogyny is such a huge problem," she said.

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“Often times you’ll hear women call each other fat or sticks or slutty, which not only gives men the permission to treat us the same way we treat each other but it gives permission to the media to treat us that way too.”

"Often times you'll hear women call each other fat or sticks or slutty, which not only gives men the permission to treat us the same way we treat each other but it gives permission to the media to treat us that way too."

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“We are so much more than the bodies we live in,” Coffman said.

"We are so much more than the bodies we live in," Coffman said.

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via buzzfeed