Many women and girls risk health and well-being in order to please others. In an unflinching look at this pervasive problem, Sacrificing Our Selves for Love explains society's role in promoting this sacrifice and provides exercises to counter societal pressure. Powerful personal testimony from women who have suffered and decided to change is highlighted throughout:
I basically took it day to day ... you know, it was hard for me to allow myself food. I had to teach myself to eat like a normal person. I would slip, and I would binge and purge, and want to fall back into my bad habits. I basically had to teach myself: "I am a living organism. I need food for nourishment."
When I looked in the mirror, it was like cutting my body up into different pieces and evaluating the pieces, as if it was some sort of thing ... I would really focus on different parts and then rip those parts apart, being hypercritical. It was a violent way to look at my body. It's the way men look at women's bodies. It's the way people look at pornography -- a violent look.
I remember being in a relationship with the guy I ended up marrying. He was already abusing me. All I wanted to do was please him, like the little kindergarten student getting the star on her forehead. That kept me going a lot of times. "Well, he's going to be proud of me if--." Maybe subconsciously it was, "Well, he's not going to yell, scream, and hit me if--, if I prove I'm not stupid anymore, if I stop doing what he said is aggravating him."
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