Beauty Is Pain And Its Effect On Society

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Beauty is pain. In other words, beauty comes at a high cost—and a painful one. For decades, girls have been conditioned to believe that we must suffer—physically, mentally, or emotionally—in order to be beautiful. Women and girls alike are often told that beauty is on the inside, but then society convinces them otherwise: that it is a difficult process and something to be achieved. “Beauty is pain” makes it seem like there are rules to conform to or tasks to be completed in order to achieve ultimate beauty: we go through all these steps—eyebrow waxing, heel wearing, and more. The nature of beauty is one of the most contradicting, yet fascinating philosophies of all. Like fashion trends, the perception of beauty has consistently changed over the course off centuries—sometimes for the better, and other times for the worst. However, one thing remains certain: society strives to mold/conform to whatever is momentarily considered attractive. From 1920’s flappers to 1970’s disco, the definition of “attractiveness” continues to evolve. Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize-winning novel, The Bluest Eye, explores themes of beauty and the power of appearance. During the 1940’s, amidst World War II conflict, the “Aryan race” was praised/idolized for fair skin, light eyes, and blonde hair. Pecola, a young, low-class black girl strives to achieve this standard of beauty in hopes of discovering happiness/personal fulfillment in a world full/plagued with of moral unease. But to what degree does…

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