Pink is urging women to stop getting on the scales with these new photos
In a world where women's bodies are seen as veritable commodities, it's pretty much impossible not to feel the pressure to conform to society's conception of what is "beautiful".
Popular culture, whether it be in the form of television, films or magazines, constantly bombards us with perfectly retouched images of women who are nothing but long-limbed, lean and lithe. And not only does this make us question our self-worth, but the ideals that they laud are unreachable.
Well, until Photoshop develops a virtual reality prototype which allows us to edit our features on the go.
Whilst things have significantly improved since the 90s, when the waif-thin, heroin-chic look dominated the runways and mass media, the rise of Instagram and its eponymous model presents us with another unique set of problems. We can now "filter" reality and chronicle our fitness journeys; only showing ourselves off at our best.
And for all of us who failed to win the genetic lottery, we can feel an immense amount of pressure to conform to look this way. However, one of our favourite Noughties pop-stars, Pink, recently spoke out about the pressures that women face to have the so-called ideal body type, and boy, was she dead on.
After giving birth to her second child Jameson Moon in December, Pink has been hard at work in the gym, trying to hit her fitness goals. But like most people who are killing it in the gym, she ran into a little roadblock. After the 38-year-old weighed herself, she was shocked at the number she found because it totally didn't reflect all the hours of training that she had put in.
Pink proceeded to upload a gym selfie to her Instagram on Sunday, and the caption was spot on. She urged women to stop obsessing over the numbers on the scale, as they're pretty much meaningless.
In the Instagram caption, she wrote:
"Would you believe I'm 160 pounds and 5'3"? By 'regular standards' that makes me obese. I know I'm not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don't feel obese. The only thing I'm feeling is myself. Stay off that scale ladies!"
And naturally, Instagram had quite the reaction. Pink's post quickly garnered over 284,000 likes, and many were quick to praise Pink for speaking out about the conundrum and advocating body positivity.
One user commented "thank you for this post!! You are so real on social media it is so refreshing I am 160 too and 5'3 and every time I see the dr they tell me I'm healthy! Thank you so much for this!!!!", while another spoke about the struggle of getting your body back to its pre-baby condition: "ur still beautiful! Thanks for being real about it. I'm still shocked about my post baby bod. But this bod carried a baby! That's amazing!"
Well, it's always great to see celebrities who are committed to breaking down such insidious societal expectations. I guess that it's time to say "so what?" to the scale...