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Beauty As A Commodity


Because we all are! Capitalist society only creates standards for almost everything. Well, why not? It has to attach a particular value and cost to everything in order to gain profit, and that includes our very notions of what's good, beautiful etc. Ironically, there are lots of things that could never be standardized like an object, beauty for example. So I say I am beautiful and I know it because I know who I am and where I am. I don't confuse myself with others and vice-versa. I won't lie either, denying the fact that there are lots of things I want to change in myself (like I wish my thighs are slimmer haha and my skin is blemish-free). There are lots but that doesn't change the fact that I believe I am beautiful. Maybe I just have to be contented one way or another.
wildice wildice 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 20, 2010

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I feel like I'm bragging, and maybe I am but I'm an attractive woman and was a beautiful girl. Head-turningly beautiful. I don't think it actually helps in life. Sadly we are made to think it does, but it is actually confidence and a smile that gets you places. Things to do with appearance such as good grooming, style, clear skin, clean hair, a good weight, help a great deal, but you don't need to be born beautiful. In fact I think it makes you very lonely.

I'm 25 and I'm dealing with a lot of these concerns right now. I finally got to the point where I can go out without makeup...I can't believe that was such a hard thing for me.

It doesn't make sense for there to be one standard notion of beauty for everyone to live up to...it's completely irrational...especially is you don't fit that standard. You end up hating yourself and trying to be something you aren't, something you're supposed to be. Blonde eyelashes are ugly, so you paint them black, etc. When you aren't yourself, there's no real integration...you're fragmented, not whole. You are unable to accept yourself for what you are...no other animal does that! It's crazy!

I want to be myself, and I'm getting there but it's hard to find space to really identify your own values and your own type of beauty in the middle of this swarming mess of a society. I get side tracked and lose my confidence at least a couple times a time.

Beauty is something that has been standardized.. it's flexible, though; it has to be. We see the general idea on TV shows constantly. The commercials in-between show you how you can attain that beauty with cash. Stupid capitalism creating stupid, ugly people.

my ex always told me pretty is as pretty does,,,Love and Light ,,and keep shining bright ,,,Mary