Essay on Crime Against True Beauty

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Eight girls are standing in line at a movie theater. All smiling in a carefree manner that could be expected of any all American teenage girl. However, statistics say that two of these girls bare scars on their bodies that our society would deem, “self-inflicted”. The truth of the matter is, these two girls are wounded by the immense weight of our cultures requirements for beauty. Requirements that can potentially be explained by science, but neither the way in which our society allows itself to be controlled by such mundane fancies nor the effect on the people it oppresses is by any means justified.
Though there are countless explanations by which we might decipher the origin of our cultures general idea of outward beauty, science
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One has only to take a glimpse at a billboard while passing, a storefront display, or a supermarket magazine rack to find blatant evidence of this attack on our minds. Images such as these may not even catch the direct notice of many but the subliminal effect of these pictures and slogans cannot easily be avoided. Still furthering the propaganda of pop-culture, celebrities and models strut their thin and proportionate figures through the minds of young girls to bring the message that they aren't good enough as they are because these girls do not quite measure up to the physical prowess of a supermodel. This message should of course be found laughable but sadly the all too common result of popular cultures lies is a significant level of acceptance by young people all over the world.
More distressing perhaps than the sources for our cultures misguided idea of beauty is the way we incessantly decide to treat those we view as beautiful according to our shallow standards. What Makes us Attractive was written by Dan Eden, a popular ViewZone staff writer, and shows that the perception of attractive people is different from the average among the populist. Mr. Eden supports this idea with a list of facts including data where, " Beautiful people get special attention from teachers, the legal system, and employers" as well as detailing what attracts us. The authors purpose was to show how unfair and unrealistic our perception, as a society, of beautiful people…