The Perception Of Beauty In Molly Bawn By Molly Brown

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In her book, Molly Bawn, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford first says this common phrase as we know it today: “It’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder” (Bloomsbury International, 2014). But is this statement true? How can people decide what is beautiful if they are presented with images depicting what beauty should look like? These perceptions of beauty are created by what is shown to us through edited magazine photos, skinny models, and the sexualization of women which lead to unrealistic expectations for all women to look “sexy and fun.” In Natasha Walter’s article, “Women Are Judged on Their Appearance Rather than on Their Competence,” (2013) she states people value women only on their faces and figures and not their skills or accomplishments. …show more content…
Walter is a British journalist specializing in print and broadcasting. She also wrote a book titled Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism. This book discusses how many believe a woman’s attractiveness is her only way to success, although her beauty should not play a role in prosperity. Similar themes from Walter’s novel appear in her article. The reader is able to detect Walter’s expertise through her thorough examples and effective arguments. Her opinion shines prevalently through her writing, especially being a woman who has had her time in the spotlight due to her field of work and accomplishments. Walter’s experiences makes her qualified to write about the topics she chooses to discuss regarding women and the world’s perception of women. Walter appears to be a model of how women should be able to obtain their success - through hard work, dedication, intelligence, and …show more content…
What society deems as simple remarks in everyday life, go unnoticed. If these issues are brought to attention, there are no drastic actions to fix them. Today’s beauty culture is dangerous to women’s mental and physical health. When women are constantly surrounded and presented with images how society wants them to look, women may develop self-hatred, which can progress into mental disorders and eating disorders. Walter’s article is important because nearly five years after it’s publishing in 2013, the issues discussed are still prevalent. I think people need to notice these issues because if society ignores these situations, finding a solution will be

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