Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Paris Hilton - Real Beauty?

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

I feel old. I don't know why. Maybe it’s because when I look in the mirror, I no longer see an attractive young woman looking back at me.

Maybe I'm being melodramatic, but its media’s image of the female body that has made me feel insecure. In today’s society plus size and full figured women are constantly classified as unattractive. Media idea of "beauty" is and .

The increasing pressure for women to be slim is sickening. According to marketing executives, "physically attractive" and "sexually desirable" means anything below a size five. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit, but still, it is a real disappointment when women start judging their own appearance by the media’s standards of beauty. I already know what you're thinking.

"Rose, looks aren't important; it's what's on the inside that counts."

Well, tell that to media whose definition of beauty is based only on physical appearance.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Rose.”

I don't believe it.

So tell me, what it means to be attractive, desirable, and sexy, and the long list of other words that are attached to media's definition of beautiful.

What is Beautiful?

I would like to hear men’s perspective on this, as well as the ladies.

Where does beauty lie? It lies within the heart.

Tell that to the world.

Now is your chance to speak out against media’s image of women. What are your thoughts?

Rose DesRochers


Anonymous said...

Well I admit the media makes it sound like the definition of a female body, is Carmen Electra and women like that.

To me as a guy I find beauty in a woman's eyes and their heart, you can have as much physical beauty in the world if your attitude and personna suck then it's not true beauty.

A woman's true beauty is in the way she presents herself and how she treats others that to me is true beauty ((HUGS))


P.S. true beauty is like you my friend for you have beauty on the inside and out

doobyus said...

Well, setting aside the inherited biological instincts that we are all influenced by, our notion of what is desirable tends to be created from without by people who want us to spend money. And this latter day, western "desirability" fiction has actually been created by the early hollowood moguls.

The men who chose the women who would adorn the silver screen had their own, historically engendered, proclivities and these proclivities were foisted on an unsuspecting public. Because we are drawn like sheep to people who display personality traits that are attractive, it was inevitable that the creation of the "star" would mould our desires.

Other cultures at other times had other frameworks which worked fine and were temporary, dependent on the biological needs of the situation. The superficiality of our current mob desire for the likes of Paris Hilton and/or any silicone enhanced bimbo shows just how intellectually lightweight our society is.

For me, personality, humour and curves will do it every time, but I reserve my right to go against the common flow and be attracted to any size, shape, colour or age of woman who unwittingly tickles my fancy.

bet you wish you had never asked now!

Barbara said...

ok, when I was a lot younger and much more insecure - my beauty was tied up in how others perceived me. If they thought I was beautiful, then I felt beautiful.

hmmm, now that I think about it, it's still that way. As an older, plus size, grandmother - my feeling beautiful is based on my partner's concept of me.

I've never fit society's version of beauty, but have always felt beautiful to those that matter.

Rose DesRochers said...

Steve Thank you for the compliment. Your comment reminds me of a poem. LOL

Doobyus Wow, deep! Nope, I don't wish I hadn't asked. Thanks for your feedback

Barb thank you for your lovely words of wisdom.

Peri said...

I wish I could beleive that these words that are true would overcome media lies but I don't think they will.

The woman portrayed as perfect ARE beautiful to look at, even if they aren't real.

My daughter is 10 and truly believes she is fat because she's not boney. According to her and her friends, if you can't a rib cage, it's fat. This scares me.

Caroline said...

Unfortunately Rose, you are right.
It's because of the media that people praise beauty on youth and appearances. But guess what, that kind of beauty doesn't last.
And to me, I feel kinda sorry for Paris Hilon. She's pretty, but has really nothing interesting to say.
My 2 cents...