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Guys Confess Their Struggles With Body Image. Anything Sound Familiar?

2962121828_4a8026d59b_bIt isn’t always easy to talk about body image. On the one had, we know we can’t live up to the impossibly high bar that’s put out constantly in mainstream media. It’s an ideal that for the vast majority of people is unattainable even if they had the time and resources to invest.

But on the other hand, we like what we like. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with feeling attracted to someone, even if they are of the glossy magazine variety. We’ve certainly posted more than a few underwear-clad models over the years.

We try to shoot for a happy medium, though. You can have your underwear models if that’s what you’re into, but what about guys with bellies, older foxes or bubble butts?

There are so many beautiful people out there that don’t fit neatly into a box.

We asked Whisper to look into what guys struggling with body image were saying.

Here’s what they found:

I'm a gay man who hasn't had sex in almost 8 years due to insecurities and issues with my body

I'm insecure about my  body because I'm very skinny and pale. And being gay makes it worse because we're expected  to be attractive.

I always felt confident about my body shape until I started seeing how the muscle gay guy is glorified in the community. I'm just a skinny guy hiding behind the crowd ????

Having a twink body type  I feel like I've been doomed to be a bottom forever  and that's not what I want.

Tired of getting rejected  by men just because of  my body, even by guys just as chubby as me. Gay men are worse than women.  I'm working on my weight but they can't change  their bad personalities

I'm gay, I don't have the picture perfect body, and I feel like gay guys a re so shallow. I deserve to be loved for more than just my body but I feel hopeless

I hate being self conscious about how I look. It seems like every gay guy is hotter than me and therefore out of my league.

I'm a gay guy and I hate when other guys tell me to shave my body just because they don't think I should be hairy. Everybody has a right to do what they want with their bodies.

Im gay and I don't like my body. That's the only reason I'm still in the closet.

Sometimes I feel like I'm not good enough cuz other gay guys don't like me just because I don't have a toned body or muscles

Being gay is hard, I hate the way my body looks, I am not skinny enough, I don't have abs ... It's got to the point to where I'm throwing up after I eat to avoid the pounds

Im Gay and can't get close to a guy because I'm so self conscious about my body, size, appearance etc. I feel like I'm expected to look like a 10 .. but I'm not

why does every gay guy I talk to seem interested until they see my body. it's not like I'm fat. isn't there any hot non judgemental gay guys out there?

I hate being fat, single and gay! No matter how much I workout and eat right my body doesn't change, gay guys don't like fat guys. So depressing.

I don't know what to do with my body. I'm skinny-fat now, but I could either be a twink or a lean guy.  I really wish the gay community wasn't so shallow and superficial.

I'm scared to lose weight because I've found  comfort in my body  despite the fact that  I hate it. Being gay and  fat is harder than  people realize.