“Candy Says” :: The Velvet Underground :: SOTD
“Candy says I’ve come to hate my body,
and all that it requires in this world.”
I read an article recently about the staggering percentage of women who hate their bodies, and the amount of time they spend talking about just that, hating their bodies. As staggering as the percentage was, it was not the least bit surprising to me, which I suppose made the whole article even sadder to me. It seems to be the expected behavior, and topic of conversation, that exchange of desparaging comments about our bodies to one another. It never seems to stop, and starts at a such young age, with girls.
I’m not trying to be gender-biased here. It’s not as though I’ve never heard males complain about their bodies before, but not with the level of self-loathing and near routine frequency, as with most of the women I know, and come in contact with. This disheartens me beyond words.
There are so many vast things in this world to experience and discuss, and there are so many positives to be seen outside of ourselves, about ourselves, and inside of ourselves. And, there is so much amazing music out there to listen to.
Why waste time hating ourselves so much when there is so much else to do, feel, experience, and listen to?
How about taking a day to not say, or think, anything ugly about ourselves and instead find something we love to experience, or talk about, instead?
“Candy Says” :: The Velvet Underground
A gorgeous live version by Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man:
“Candy Says” :: Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
and one other equally gorgeous live version by Antony (Antony and the Johnsons), with Lou Reed:
“Candy Says” :: Antony, featuring Lou Reed