The ease into which people fall into the modern trends is astonishing and should be alarming. One in particular that is rather disturbing to analyze is the ideas of beauty that are perceived by some people. Beauty can be interpreted in many ways and some say “it’s in the eye of the beholder”. Reality is that many only see beauty as a difficult or impossible vision and go to extremes to achieve the unachievable. Beauty is a toxin for lost teens or gullible adults; it tricks them into changing their own characteristics to try to be attractive.
The perception of beauty is subjective; it isn't always what people may think it is because it can be described in different ways. Margaret Wolfe Hungerland said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Meaning that there is no exact definition of "beauty" it's what others perceive it to be. In today's society attractiveness via physical appearance is the most common attribute when discussing beauty, but there is more to it than that. Aside from that being the main focus intelligence, emotions, spirit and social attraction can also be used to contribute to one's beauty.
and rarely mention the importance of being smart, sophisticated, funny and/or possessing many other positive attributes that have nothing to do with physical attributes” (Sparhawk 1). Obviously, the media’s representation of the thin ideal connects to the majority of body dissatisfaction and eating disorders. In other words, the media’s use of unrealistic women sends a hidden message that in order for women to be beautiful they must be unhealthy. The importance of physical appearance is encouraged at an early development for most girls. For these reasons, the connection between media and body image is very important because low body image will lead to eating disorders and potentially death.
We spend an unnecessary amount of time trying to perfect our physical appearance: we are filled with disgust towards our imperfections and chose to conceal them through unnatural techniques. Why are we ashamed of our flaws—something that is natural? The animosity we feel towards ourselves is caused by the way the media choses to glamorize the “perfect” individual. The “perfect” individual is shown as the true form of beauty; however, it does not accurately portray the true citizen of society. The establishment of these unrealistic beauty standards have caused campaigns like the Lane Bryant “#This Body” to shine a light upon the women of color and different physiques.
How beauty is perceived and what beauty is defined as is a very controversial topic. Beauty is a reflection of one’s culture and perceptions. However, one’s idea of beauty may become contorted. This results in a misperception of what beauty really is. Society makes it out to be a perfect model or celebrity that no one can compare to.
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).
Media fuels this unrealistic image and convinces women that in order to be accepted and considered beautiful, you better be fat-less, have silky hair and a flawless complexion. Unrealistic media images of women are so prevalent that it seems that females who fulfill such a standard are more the norm than the exception. The Cultivation theory argues that images that portray women who match the sociocultural ideal of beauty are extremely prevalent in pop... ... middle of paper ... ...ded) to possess society’s sick vision of beauty. Due to the portrayal of specific beauty standards in the media, women have re-imagined true beauty, causing drastic impacts that affect the lives of women both physically and psychologically. In order to reach the societal standard of this “ideal body”, women of all ages go to drastic measures to achieve it (extreme dieting and plastic surgery).
), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else,” if this is the case why do people not abide by that? () “Beauty” is an intangible obsession that has yet to be explored properly. Is “beauty” really in the eye of the beholder?” Why do women feel the need to be “beautiful?” “Beauty” is a strong factor in women’s lives, but they do not control it; nature, race, and society depict what “true beauty” is, and because of those things a great percentage of women are insecure. Nature has the strongest connection to the ideology of “beauty.” In the biological standpoint, everything in nature is beautiful. Somehow, certain types of humans fail to meet that norm, according to other so call superior humans.
All of the female characters have flaws, proving to the reader that the concept of realizing the perfect woman is not possible. Hwang uses Song’s character to poke fun at the image of the perfect woman. To create the perfect woman, but not make her female is a slap in the face to the ideal woman. Hwang understands that no woman can be perfect, and reflects this by giving the perfect woman a huge flaw: she is a man! Hwang is trying to convey the idea that there is no perfect woman in existence.
She is manipulated through Kooni because she is so overcome by her own ego: “And you owe your position as the queen of a world conqueror to your beauty?” . She is further more manipulated into fear... ... middle of paper ... ...shouldn’t be. R.K. Narayan’s translation of The Ramayana brings out the characteristics of an ideal Indian woman and everything that these women shouldn’t be. The women of respect and those that should be looked up to have beauty that is both physical and spiritual. The good women make loyal, thoughtful wives and have a sense of maternal instinct.