Beauty Myth And Beauty Standard

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Dominoe Parris Dr. Anderson ENGL 341 July 26, 2011 The Beauty Myth and the Beauty Standard: How the Media Portrays Beauty In history, women though out time have always been compared to a certain beauty standard. Wither it be a women who is more voluptuous or thin there has always been come sort of standard. Since Twiggy came out in the mid sixties, she changed how women viewed themselves. But this is not something that just started; women thought history and different cultures have been trying to live up to a certain standard. Some examples of these would be in Japan there were Geisha’s. Geishas were held to a certain standard, geishas were thought to be the most beautiful of women during that time. Geishas were in high demand and other women tried very hard to look like on. In the Kayan tribe women who are also known as “long necks”, are measured on beauty according the amount of brass rings that are worn around the neck. In India, it is all about the long hair. In Ethiopia, the Karo tribe wears scars on their stomachs meant to attract a husband. I wish that people would just accept people for who they are, not what they look like. I have always been told that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Who decides what is beautiful and what is not. I feel that the media has a lot to do with how women, in the United States anyway. With all the magazines showing thin, almost anorexic women on magazine covers young women feel that that is what they should look like. So then these young women starve themselves and/or binge and purge themselves. Some even die because of trying to fix a certain mold of what is beautiful. As Jared Plokin states, “The media is currently at war with women's body image” (1). On the cover of magazines there are pictures with celebrities’ in bathing suits stating “the best and worst beach bodies”, when women are reading these types of
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