What Is Beautiful & The Societal Perception of Women

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Living in the world today is a totally different experience than it was decades ago. Today’s society has become judgmental and closed minded, seeing things for only what they are and not what they could be; it has become a society opposed to change, and obsessed with perfection. A major part of this societal perfection is being “beautiful,” but what constitutes beauty? Defining what beautiful is could not have been a simple task, because it is something based on personal perception. A perfect example of this was a line recited by the Prince in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: “Do I love you because you're beautiful, or are you beautiful because I love you (1997)?” As individuals, determining what beauty is and why someone is beautiful is a complex, ever-changing process, with a rationale behind it no one seems to understand. Meaning, perception is subjective and therefore the perception of beauty is also subjective. The saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is one that has been around for centuries. In fact, “This saying first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn't appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought,” (Martin, 1963-2013). This quote is the perfect inference that beauty is based on perception. Perception is the “process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting sensory information, enabling us to recognize meaningful objects and events,” (class notes, 10/7/2013). As a part of the brain’s top-down processing, the perception of beauty has been created and is modified and adjusted based on what is seen, heard and encountered. The online publication, Huffington Post, published an article ent... ... middle of paper ... ...ng the thin-ideal body may be linked to body image disturbance in women (Grabe, Ward, & Hyde, 2008).” Works Cited Butler, A. (2013, October 2013). Sensation Notes. Class Notes. Grabe, S., Ward, L., & Hyde, J. (2008). The role of the media in body image concerns among women: A meta-analysis of experimental and correlationsla studies. Psychological Bulletin, 460-476. Iscove, R. (Director). (1997). Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella [Motion Picture]. Krupnick, E. (2013, November). 'Regular Women' In Lingerie Remind Us What Imperfect, Un-Photoshopped Bodies Look Like. Retrieved November 20, 2013, from Huffingtonpost.com: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/regular-women-lingerie-photos_n_4308760.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular Martin, G. (1963-2013). Meanings and Origins. Retrieved November 20, 2013, from Phrasefinder: http://www.phrases.org.uk/gary-martin.html
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