Angelou enables women to believe that being their own individual makes them dissimilar to another woman. However, she expresses that one’s inner beauty also contributes to the way a person can differentiate themselves from one another. Every line in the poem has an underlining meaning related to being phenomenal. Maya Angelou begins the poem with, “Pretty women wonder were my secret lies. / I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model size / But when I start to tell them, / They think I’m telling lies” (Line 1-4).
Digital retouching is the use of computer program to remove unwanted impurities of the body, making a person look ideal. Digital retouching is sending a negative message to women because it sets up a false sense of what beauty is. It is impossible for women to look like a digital retouch models, because they are not real. In the film, Killing Us Softly 4 Jean Kilbourne argues that advertisement sends out the same type of message to women (Kilbourne, 2010). Kilbourne states “Advertisement tells women that what’s most important is how they look, an advertisement surround us with the image of ideal beauty.
This statement appeals to the emotions of her readers using a rhetorical device called pathos. She helps her female readers feel the judgement of society around them, trapping them with the word beautiful. She then builds them up, empowering them by saying, “to get out of the trap requires that women get some critical distance from that excellence and privilege which is beauty, enough distance to see how much beauty itself has been abridged in order to prop up the mythology of [being] feminine” (Sontag, 389). The word “trap” in this quote is extremely powerful and causes the reader to feel a very deep and hurtful emotion towards the way society has been hurting women for so long. This one words helps Sontag connect with her readers in a very personal way, opening their eyes to the harshness of
In her essay “A Woman’s Beauty: Put Down or Power Source?” Susan Sontag masterfully with just few strokes undoes the signification of the mythology of the feminine. She ponders the opposite pair of concepts of beautifulness and handsomest in a deconstructionist fashion. She describes the violent coexistent in which both concepts concur. However, after effectively have exposed the way these oppositions function and understanding the distortion of the myth of the feminine, Sontag fails in giving a “real” solution. Erroneously, she concludes that the only way to destroy this myth is by women getting a critical distance from the concept of beauty.
Pope illustrates this duality in her toilette scene, in which getting ready becomes juxtaposed with a religious ceremony. Pope also describes Belinda using words such as “white,” “pure,” and “heav’nly image,” furthering the idea that she is an angelic figure. Moreover, she displays her material and religious possessions equally, which physically shows her conflicting values. Belinda conforms to these societal ideals because she needs to in order to fulfill traditional feminine roles. She must exhibit beauty to attract men, but also chastity and purity to keep them.