Quick Hit: Ask Amy

“Ask Amy” is a web show by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls that features comic superstar, Amy Poehler…(obviously.) This episode focuses on bodies and body image. A young woman asks:

Dear Amy,

What advice would you give a young woman with body issues? I have never been happy with my body, and I feel like it’s preventing me from loving myself.

Love always,


In about 3 minutes, Poehler gives MaryKate, and women everywhere, some pretty profound advice:

“And the other thing that I would say is that when you do talk about yourself, or talk to yourself, or you have that tape running in your head, about yourself, try to picture you talking to your own daughter. Or your younger sister. Because you would tell your younger sister or your daughter that she is beautiful, and you wouldn’t be lying. Because she is. And so are you.” 

Although this issue has been beaten over the head with a wooden mallet over and over and over again…I want to keep beating it….because it’s an issue that confronts men and women every single day. And, if that issue is not going away, neither should we. SO! I don’t care if the horse is dead. I am going to keep beating it. Until it’s…..dead-er.

I go to a university where eating disorders run rampant. I have encountered an unfathomable number of individuals who have either struggled, or currently struggle, with some form of an eating disorder. It’s an issue that needs to stay in the spotlight. That is why I am so glad Poehler did this segment. She externalized such a personal issue. In my experience, it is so easy to get trapped in a vicious cycle—most times, the “trapping” occurs in one’s own mind. By imploring people to imagine that you are talking to someone else, such as a daughter or younger sister, Poehler helps people understand the idea that your own body should be cherished and treasured as much (if not more) as the bodies of others tend to be cherished.

Watch some “Ask Amy” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOWqSPJZtmA


2 thoughts on “Quick Hit: Ask Amy

  1. This is really interesting. I like the advice to imagine if you were talking to your little sister or daughter, because its a good thing to remember. And I don’t think body image issues are too repeated, because I agree with you about that’s its still a huge issue! When it stops being an issue is when you can stop beating it in!


    1. Ok, I absolutely WORSHIP Amy Poehler and love that you chose to write about Ask Amy. I’ve been following it for a couple of years because her advice is so wise and heartfelt. She really does hit the nail on the friggin head about how we obsess over the slightest imperfections of our body. I also completely agree with your point about eating disorders running rampant on campus. I know too many individuals who deal with eating disorders and body issues on a daily basis. This video needs to be a PSA because it is that important. Thank you so much for writing about this, it was a great post!


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