Women Giving Up Mirrors

August 20, 2012 by  

Women Giving Up Mirrors, The new movement, which was started in the US by a group of female bloggers, recommends people abstain from staring at their reflection. It includes avoiding looking at reflections in computer screens and shop windows and has been dubbed ‘mirror-fasting.’ Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, a 36-year-old freelance writer based in Queens, New York, told The Observer : “I’d become aware that I had a mirror face.

“Whenever I saw my reflection I’d open my eyes a little wider, suck in my cheeks a little and tip my chin down in an effort to make myself look more like I wanted to. It made me feel really vain.” Whitefield-Madrano began her first ‘mirror-fast’ in May 2011 and kept it up for a month, claiming she felt calmer after the experiment.

“I didn’t want to do it because I felt bad about myself per se – I was just concerned about how often I was thinking about my appearance. I wanted to see how much my mood was affected by the way I perceived my looks.”
Blogger Kjerstin Gruys, 29, a sociology graduate in San Francisco, mirror-fasted for 12 months in the runup to her wedding.

On her blog, Mirror Mirror … Off the Wall, she wrote: “”I’ve managed to better separate my looks from my self-esteem.

“This is probably the most powerful secret to feeling beautiful.” A recent study, published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy earlier this year, found that British women look in the mirror around 38 times every day and men 18 times a day. However Kate Fox, a social anthropologist at the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford, said mirror-fasting is just another way of fixating on appearnce. “To me, it smacks of narcissism more than looking in the mirror like a normal person,” she said.

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