Society’s expectations of beauty are leading people to feel insulted for being different and unaccepted for their individuality. The author of the novel, ‘Am I Thin Enough Yet?’, Dr. Sharlene Hesse-Biber claims that the idea of the importance of beauty and looks is driven by the pressure to meet society’s unrealistic, high expectations of perfection; women will do anything to achieve the unachievable. ‘It is no wonder American women are obsessed with thinness. They are exhorted to strive for a physical ideal that is laden with moral judgment. Slenderness represents restraint, modernization, and self-control... But our culture considers obesity “bad” and ugly. Fat represents moral failure, the inability to delay gratification, poor impulse control, greed, and self-gratification.’1 The expectations of culture and society force people to follow the social norms of society.
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...to society’s idea of unrealistic, unattainable beauty. After all, ‘It’s not we girls, who are imperfect, its society’. (Tumblr)
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