The European Standard Of Beauty In Today's Society

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“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone, “once said in a quote by Dorothy Parker is something we hear as people every day; however, we live in a society that contradict the beliefs we’re taught. If looks really don’t matter as much as some people say, why is it that some go as far to harming themselves to reach a particular goal to feel beautiful or accepted? Why is it that some females and males photoshop their images on social media such as Instagram to receive a certain amount of likes or to fit the ideal standard of beauty? Now I’m guilty of a few of these for my own personal reasons; however; as women, why are we quick to change certain attributes about ourselves that some may see as beautiful? In today’s society, …show more content…
Society needs to hinder this distorted reality, which force females into obtaining unattainable goals and living in unrealistic standards; to promote a realistic standard of beauty for all shapes, sizes, and cultures. We as people need to learn how to love ourselves and embrace our God given beauty, without criticizing others and become accepting of oneself. America’s standards of beauty is perceived in main terms of size and complexion, however it also includes other attributes that are considered European. The European standard of beauty normally consist of light or fair skin, straight hair (preferably blonde), a thin nose and lips, and light eyes (preferably blue or green). Many different races and cultures are affected by the tolerated norms. African Americans are severely affected the most of all races due to the fact that they’re on the opposite end of the spectrum. Black females often chemically treat their hair to receive straight hair to …show more content…
Young girls are often harming themselves to achieve these notions of having the perfect skin, the perfect hair, and the perfect body. Many begin to hate themselves and feel like they 're not good enough because of their low self-esteem. Feeling like they 're not good enough, generally leads to unhealthy dieting regimes, extreme exercising, and problematic eating behaviors such as starving, bingeing, and purging. Furthermore, these behaviors can lead to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. According to South Carolina Department of Mental Health, eating disorders are a daily struggle for 7 million females and 1 million males in the United States. 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. Anorexia, a serious life threatening eating disorder due to the persistence of wanting to be thin, is the 3rd most common chronic illness among adolescents. Bulimia, an eating disorder that consist of a cycle of binge eating followed by self-induced behaviors such as purging or vomiting, affects two-thirds of 100 women in America (state.sc.us). These eating disorders are often associated with other disorders such a depression and anxiety. Many constantly worry about how they look to others and are they ‘good’ enough to fit

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