The Beauty Standards Of America

1099 WordsMay 2, 20175 Pages
Common standards set by society are deemed as appropriate for all people no matter what race. American people are very diverse and what is acceptable to gender, age or race differs from person to person. More specifically, American women share complaints regarding the unrealistic beauty standards that are set by the media and society. Many women complain that it is not fair that they are judged by their outer appearance and are viewed as not beautiful enough, or not normal when they do not conform to the beauty standards of america. For example, as a woman alone there are constant pressures to wear your hair a certain way because everyone does it or because it is what the media portrays as beautiful. Majority of what the media portrays…show more content…
One of the interesting things about African American hair in America, is that it was never accepted. When Africans were taken captive and brought to America in 1619, the first thing that slave traders did was shave their heads bald. This was done in order to corrupt the culture of the African slaves. This was a means to make them feel valueless, especially because Africans took pride in the way that their hair looked. African hair was used as a method of communication, it spoke of age, marital status, tribal affiliation and other things (Tharps 7). Africans truly believed that their hair was beautiful and spent long hours grooming their hair. Hair was viewed as sacred, there were special people in villages designated to the styling and grooming of hair (Tharps 17). Acknowledging the fact that that African hair was very important to them, Europeans cut their hair off as a way to pathologize them, and convince them that their culture and hair is not accepted. This was the beginning the of demoralization that Africans faced- it began with hair. The original work of Lori L. Tharps’ Hair Story: Untangling the roots of Black hair in America, bought out how African hair was deemed wholly unattractive and inferior by the Europeans, and many White people preferred not to acknowledge that African hair was real, referring to it as “wool” (Tharps 13). So, firmly convinced that African hair is
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