Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

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According to a definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, beauty is the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. With this definition, it can be said that beautiful things may include, but not limited to, natural sceneries, classical music, and the taste of a quality dish since these stimulate pleasure. An Irish romance novelist, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (1878) stated in his novel entitled “Molly Bawn” that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It is a commonly used expression in British and American English. It is frequently phrased as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” (http://www.writingexplained.org).…show more content…
Beauty can be most attributed to women; they are the Venuses on Earth. What are the set of characteristics that make up the standard for a woman to be perceived as one that possesses beauty, as one that arouses a feeling of pleasure? One fundamental factor that affects the human beings’ ideal of beauty in women is the vast amount of information spread by the media. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term media is defined as the system and organizations of communication through which information is spread to a large number of people. The media reaches to the multitude of the world population with the purpose of informing, entertaining, educating, sharing opinions, etc. as seen today. This includes the traditional media and the modern or new media. According to IGI Global, traditional media is any single item or set of items only relying upon physical form for the conveyance of information leading to meaning in the mind of a user. This includes television, radio, newspapers, books, and magazines. New media is defined by the New Media Institute as a 21st Century catchall term used to define all that is related to the internet and the interplay between technology, images and…show more content…
A beautiful woman, one that is talked about, loved and desired, possess physical attractiveness. Good looks are always what are seen first. To be considered as a beautiful woman, there are characteristics that must be attained. An idea of a beautiful woman is usually one that is young and slender, and white, a flawless person. It is how beauty in women is usually thought to be, because it is what media tells the people. The ideas from the media cannot be avoided. It is everywhere and it is common for a modern-day citizen to access the media for activities such as reading fiction, newspaper and Internet articles, watching shows, interacting with people online, and playing digital games. Citizens depend on the media for learning new information and experiencing entertainment as part of a routine or day-to-day basis. The media’s portrayal of a beautiful woman appears in the television, printed publications like magazines and books, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, in video games of different platforms, and even in the toys of children. The idea portrayed is constant among them. The media gives an unrealistic portrayal of feminine beauty. The image of a woman with long legs, small waist, a light skin tone, and sometimes big busted, has become a standard of beauty that has been sensationalized and kept alive. The sexualization and objectification of women is evident
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