The Beauty Of Women

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Women have had their worth decided by their beauty since the world began. The beauty industry has made millions off telling women that they need this product to matter, literature has been painting women as plot devices or prizes for year, and television tends to only show thin and beautiful women. Even now, women call themselves “snacks” and “delicious” as if we only exist to be consumed. We are constantly taught to laugh at jokes we don’t find funny, to tear down other women, that our bodies are not our own, and that our value is determined by what size dress we wear. Women are brought up in a society that teaches them that being pretty is the price they must pay to occupy space in the world. Warsan Shire, a British-Somali poet said “It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me” (Shire). However, some female authors have chosen to revolutionize female narratives. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos and Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton were a direct challenge to the idea that a woman’s identity were wrapped up in her beauty. In Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a young woman journals about her travels and the men she meets along the way. Initially, one can assume that Lorelei, the protagonist, is simply an airhead who thrives off of the attention of men. The text appears to be playing on a stereotype. However, Loos turns this stereotype on its head as it becomes more clear that Lorelei is

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