Physical appearance of the body has become a fundamental part of identity. To gain social acceptance in society, women feel pressured to meet the standards of what society recalls as beauty. Women have tried to get a liposuction or reconstruct their face to try and attain their significant other's attention and follow what the media depicts as appealing. By eliminating their own individuality, women try to attain this invalid image to feel more confident and feel more accepted. As society becomes more accepting to plastic/cosmetic surgery, women in society will no longer look unique and will become a master race that will eventually brainwash society as individuality will become extinct.
The erotic is very much rooted in a strong understanding of self, fundamental to the self-worth that women of society, of every culture, so desperately need. There are many ways in which dominant discourse works to shape the lives of women into boxes. These prepackaged boxes often lack: power, understanding, worth, fulfillment, pleasure, pride, choice and esteem. These things of which, hold much importance to the acquirement of better lives for women as well as the eradication of the contradiction that is specifically placed on women, therefore facilitating lives that are empowered and assured. By negating the ways in which women are oppressed through our social systems and cultural framework, especially sexually, we begin to rightfully encourage a better quality of life for all women.
The concept of “beauty” is something that everyone feels, thinks, or wants, in order to fit society’s standards. In today’s society, we are often faced with the unrealistic ideals of what beauty is. Due to society’s constant portraying of unrealistic beauty ideals, this reinforces a negative influence upon women’s idea of beauty, resulting in a negative impact in their confidence, and self-esteem, which leads to others, specifically women to be manipulated by society’s corrupted outlook of what beauty is. To add onto this issue, we are constantly surrounded by sources of this negative influence in our everyday lives, including magazines, television, advertisements, and so on. However, women specifically, are more prone to be victims of this negative effect, thus will have more pressure upon themselves to match society’s idea of “beauty,” which includes unrealistic and sometimes unattainable beauty standards.
This is because a woman has the power to influence anyone and so, I believe this problems should concern everyone in the world. We can’t condemn that a country is advanced when this type of issue is still existing. We as a society should be able to fight this problem by enforcing a stricter laws. I believe this is also one of the causes why women are robbed of their right to be educated. This is no paradox because many girls around the world are not getting the proper education they deserve.
The correlation of beauty with power is embedded in our cultural belief system, but the reasoning behind it is flawed. Beauty is genetic, we are born with or without it, so the power endowed to certain individuals based on their looks is completely undeserved. However, society has decided that looks matter so much that they can’t be ignored; even though they should be. It is this contemporary emphasis on beauty which has forced people, predominantly women, to cripple under the pressure put on people to be
Beauty is a very important aspect for women. A lot of pressure has been place on the female gender to attain a level of beauty that has been set by their culture and society. Due to the desperateness of wanting to be beautiful, women are willing to go to extreme lengths in order to please their family, themselves, and society. Although these measures were much more bizarre in the past than they are now, the present-day traditions of becoming beautiful are still ridiculous. Since women have been given this duty to represent the beauty of their culture, it has become an obligation to fulfill it.
The Ideal Female and the Oppression of Women By having an impossible ideal female look, society is beating us as women. We have no time to come up in world through politics, business, or any other power related structure because we’re spending all of our time trying to maintain, or achieve this beauty. The ideal woman is ever-changing. Different features and different characteristics are valued at different times and throughout different cultures. And each time the ideals change, or one changes the culture they live in, a woman must change too because if she’s not the ideal beauty, then she is less of a woman.
Two or Three Things I Know For Sure Allison illuminates the fact that we as women must appreciate each other and our beauty before we can truly cherish other forms of beauty around us. “Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that of we are not beautiful to each other, we cannot know beauty in any form”(86). We are so conditioned to see female beauty as what men see as beautiful, that we don’t even know what it means to us. If we can get to the point where women feel beautiful even if they don’t fit the societal ideal, it will allow us to open our minds to all other forms of beauty. Morgan asserts in her article, “Women and the Knife”, “Rather than aspiring to self-determined and women-centered ideals of health or integrity, women’s’ attractiveness is defined as attractive-to-men...”(119).
Kilbourne states “Advertisement tells women that what’s most important is how they look, an advertisement surround us with the image of ideal beauty. However, this flawlessness cannot be achieved. It’s a look that’s been created through airbrushing, cosmetics, and computer retouching ” (Kilbourne, 2010). Women are being told that in order to fit in society, they have to look a certain way, yet it is nearly impossible because the standard is too high. Kasey Serdar (2005) argues that only a small number of women can actually fulfill the characteristics of what media defines beautiful.
“You were born an original, don’t die a copy” - John Mason. Obsession is one of society’s most common issue affecting females in a way that it is almost depressing based on the fact that we are manipulated in to thinking looking perfect is the way to life. Truth is, the constant self-evaluation and compulsion to looking “perfect” is a potential threat to one’s well-being. We live in a world where we are consistently surrounded by advertisements, magazines, television, the internet, and much more in a way that is changing our perspectives of beauty. This essay will consist of Mill’s conception of the sociological imagination and the distinction between how I am personally affected by my obsession of looking beautiful and how the public has affected my perspectives, decisions and the overall urge to altering my physical appearance.