The Ideal Female and the Oppression of Women

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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. For instance, in Judith Ortiz Cofer’s case, she was beautiful, tall, and light skinned in the Puerto Rican culture, but in the American culture, she was short, dark skinned, and not the most beautiful. Beauty is relevant to time and place. And often, we forget this and are manipulated by society to think the beauty of the time and place is the most important thing for a woman to have. It’s not only about oppression, it has a great deal to do with money. Men, and other women too, capitalize on women’s insecurities. And if we don’t have any insecurities about our bodies, they’ll make sure we develop some by pointing out how much we don’t look like the ideal woman. We’re too misshaped, spotty, old, flabby, fat, skinny, or the wrong color. We go in for breast enhancement, liposuction, facelifts, nose jobs, skin color altering, we buy into certain fad diets, we purchase makeup and hair coloring and styling products, and the new exercise machine miracle worker. Beauty is a multi-million dollar operation that can’t afford for any women to love themselves as they are. The current beauty ideal for women, tall, very thin,... ... middle of paper ... ... didn’t have her wig on when he came over. She got real embarrassed and out of breathe fumbling around for it, so my dad picked it up and handed it to her. A lot of times it seems, like for Donna Walton in “What’s a Leg got to Do with It?”, disabled people are too busy overcoming the illness or the pain they suffer from, to care what other people think. It only takes one person to bring the doubt out that disabled people are less man or woman, or that they’re less capable. It’s important to recognize this and make a conscious effort to acknowledge them as being capable and complete. Recognition and acknowledgement are fundamental ways we can overcome the oppression of all beauty ideals. If we strive in our minds to fight the messages we’re getting from society, other people will eventually establish that there are freeing alternatives to these harmful messages.
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