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OPINION: Ray O’Neill

Body Shame

No pecs, no sex – the culture of dating apps and a pervasive porn culture have separated us from our bodies by displaying them in a marketplace, and it’s not bringing us happiness. We need to rethink how we see ourselves and others.

In our contemporary culture, we are more likely to identify with our images, our photos, our Facebook profiles, than with our bodies. The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan argues that as infants we first recognise ourselves in our mirror reflection and “assume this image”. Our first experience of ourselves as a whole individual is outside of ourselves. This alienating paradox haunts our core self throughout our lives; trapping us in external identifications rather than enjoying living within our bodies.

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This month, it's a very special edition of GCN as we celebrate our queer bodies and explore the crucial importance of self-acceptance. In our cover feature, 17 GCN readers bare all and talk to us about their relationships with their beautiful, unique physiques. Elsewhere, we offer some ideas and options for those hoping to turn over a new leaf in the new year. We also explore the meaning, and benefits of the oft-discussed but little understood concept of mindfulness. And of course, all the best community news, gossip, music, and much more!
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