Human Physical Appearance and Beauty

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Vivian Nguyen
November 29, 2012
Beauty is what society likes to set, so everyone could have something to compare to each other. Given time, money and pain, what we call beauty, could be defined by cosmetics and surgeries. Females often worry more about beauty. Beauty is both a physical and mental kind of subject. Beauty can be defined differently through different people and culture. It is perceived as important as we grow up, influenced by the medias. Because of this, girls grow up thinking of beauty in the most distorted ways.

The society around us likes to influence our judgments on beauty. We look up to celebrities and models as if they were gods and goddesses. Every human has idealized a body that wasn’t before. Envy, being one of the seven sins, affects the corruption in society. Koggel states, “Women are placed on a pedestal as exemplifying physical beauty at the same time as the great majority of women are considered drab, ugly, fat, loathsome”. This quote stands out the most in a way. It states the truth. As I grow up, I face many other females in the world and I feel like I’m constantly compared to. Throughout high school, majority of the students have probably thought they were ugly, fat or loathsome once in a while. Society decides what is attractive and what isn’t. We have a choice either to agree or disagree, but eventually most go with the crowd. It is in our nature to be bothered by what others’ think about them. Because of what Society considers beauty, everyone considers it as well.

Not only does Society cause our views on beauty, Culture is an important example for beauty’s definition. As a child, I was taught to never go against my parents’ and elders’ judgment. I was taught what’s said to be right and to be against what they thought was wrong. “From practices of foot-binding in ancient China to contemporary alterations in the form of plastic surgery or anorexia” (Koggel). In ancient China, their culture had men thinking it was...
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