by Matt Weik
So many people today are judgmental and sensitive to what people look like. Bodybuilders only look like this because of steroids. She is too thin and fit, she is not allowed to eat all day. But it now seems that people actually have a problem with how mannequins look. Guys, I can't make it up. It is real.
Plastic surgery against plastic mannequin
Frankly, what's the difference and who cares? Both women and men go under the knife and have things improved, repaired, reconstructed, whatever. Some procedures are clearly recognizable, e.g. B. the transition from no breasts to huge breasts. But who, in their right mind, would have a problem with a plastic mannequin and how he or she (can you even call it a mannequin?)? I mean, what kind of person are you if you are looking for a mannequin in a retail store or if you have problems with self-esteem, what a lifeless object looks like? It is literally just an overview of a FAKE person. But it's the people!
When I go shopping for workout clothes or clothing, I generally don't even look for or notice mannequins. I have an idea of what I'm looking for, so I go looking for it. However, some people seem to have a problem with mannequins with small waists, long and slender legs, perfect breasts, muscular arms, a six-pack or a package that they feel inappropriate (why do you even check the drawers of a mannequin?).
I swear to you on everything that is sacred that you cannot invent it. People clearly have problems to work on. Would you prefer a morbidly obese mannequin? Or would that just make people use an "overweight mannequin"? How dare you! Maybe we should use aliens? I mean seriously. Apparently you can't win in this world when it comes to looks. Not even mannequins are safe to be judged and bullied.
There is actually research on this !?
Take a look at this … The UBC Sauder School of Business found that there are groups of people who feel a knock in their guts about self-esteem when they look at clothes on mannequins. People (both men and women) with low self-esteem found mannequins insulting and hurt their pride. They also had a negative view of the mannequin clothing, whether it looked good or not.
One researcher said, "If this mannequin is an example of perfection, it reminds people who are vulnerable that they cannot keep up." The problem is the ideal of beauty that mannequins represent. If people feel that they are not fulfilling this ideal, their view of the product will also become weaker. "
In this study, the participants mainly looked at mannequins in swimsuits and dresses. I am truly overwhelmed by this realization. A mannequin that has no hair and no real facial features offends people and hurts their self-esteem. Do the same people have problems with cartoon characters? Do you suddenly hate the comic when it has a torn man or woman with a tiny waist and big breasts?
What really confused me is the fact that the people who were in the arms and had problems with self-esteem no longer had them and their opinions about the clothes the mannequin was wearing were changed when the researchers turned their heads removed the mannequin. The researchers believed that this happened because the mannequin no longer looked like a real body and the participants focused more on clothing than on the overall appearance of the mannequin. Didn't they just say that they were offended by slender arms, long legs and small waists? Not even a head was mentioned. That makes absolutely no sense to me.
According to the results of this study, would society not be so judgmental about their "perfect physique" if fitness models cut their heads off? Would bodybuilders FINALLY be accepted if they all just lost their heads? It is such nonsense. I can't even believe that this study is legitimate. Who would have thought of it? It almost seems like it was a joke, but the results showed something crazy. Almost as if it were a thought process where I hold my beer, look at that.
Retailers are overwhelmed by this finding. Who would have thought that the appearance of their mannequins could influence the buying behavior of buyers? Many retailers are now considering using “half mannequins” in the hope that this will give shoppers a better shopping experience and buy more goods.
A researcher from the study mentioned: "If consumers know what their buttons are pressed for, this is a strengthening." This allows people to see what the product looks like on a body, but it doesn't give them the full picture, which seems a little more difficult for people to handle. "
Personally, I think people are just too sensitive. If your self-esteem is affected by looking at a mannequin, you may have some uncertainties to work on with your own body. For example, start training if you are not currently doing this. Or, watch your food intake if you feel like you can lose a few (or 50) pounds.
Mannequin also lives matter. And if you take this world so seriously that you are insulted by mannequins, unfortunately I have to say that you will never make it out of this world alive.
1. Argo, Jennifer J., Dahl, Darren W. “Beauty Standards: The Influence of Mannequins in a Retail Context.” Journal of Consumer Research, 2017.
2. University of British Columbia. "Perfect mannequins a turn off for some consumers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, August 31, 2017.