In her essay, Sontag focuses on the effect gender roles take on appearance and the actions chosen to perceive beauty, as well as how society puts pressure which leads to self-harm, depression, and doubts of sexuality. Sontag states “a whole society, that has identified being feminine with caring about how one looks. (In contrast to being masculine-which is identified with caring about what one is and does and only secondary, if at all, about how one looks)” (118). Men should not stare at a mirror for more than a few seconds and women should freak out if something is on their face or they don’t have the figure of a sand clock. Men are supposed to worry about their persona rather than their looks otherwise they will be categorize as snobbish, selfish, egocentric and even question their masculinity. Men will get depress if frequently questioned or remarked, which will lack their confidence and have a great effect in their relationships. Sontag also mentions how females are perceive to evaluate their body as parts rather than as a whole and how males on the other hand can... [continues]
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