“a Woman’s Worth”

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Jordyn Steed
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English 101
March 17, 2011

“A Woman’s Worth”
Perhaps women have no sense of their own worth. Obviously we (me being a woman) reflect too much of self-esteem off of the desires of the average male. Using both passages “Only Two Percent of Women Describe themselves as Beautiful” by Dove, StrategyOne, Nancy Etcoff, and Susie Orbach and “Decoding Victoria’s Secret: The Marketing of Sexual Beauty and Ambivalence” by Marie D. Smith to bring women’s issues with themselves to light allows one to reflect on their own self worth. The titles of these passages speak loud enough to see there are definite problems. Why do men get to decide what the overall standard of beauty is? What will it take for women to love themselves without looking to the media for gratification? Dove and the other contributors present:

…New study today that discusses the implications of a global society that narrowly defines beauty by the images seen in entertainment, advertising and fashion runways and the startling impact this has on women.... Does this mean that we live in a world where woman are not beautiful or does it mean that women around the world are calling for a broader definition of beauty? (Dove, Strategyone, Etcoff, Orbach 49)

I stand to say our world is full of women whom are looking for more variety in the definition of beauty as well as they are very insecure because of the influence of entertainment and men. Men hold a great power over how women perceive themselves. The control they hold is sad and makes me, a secure woman, feel degraded in value because men should not hold any power on how I feel about myself but other women allow this, generation after generation.

What is beauty? Beauty has become what ever a man says it is. Some days people like to say it is on the inside but come on now lets get serious beauty is the physical appearance. The personality is just another quality to add on to the bust line, slim waste, and petite butt. Women and men look at the Victoria’s secret ads with pretty much the same train of thought. Women say, “I have to look like this, because it’s sexy” while men say, “I want her, she is sexy.” This is the world I live in ‘sexy’. I question what ever happened to beauty. Beauty has diminished with the growth of opinion. As they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder well men must hold all the beauty because women have yet to grasp they are all beautiful. Women just aren’t at the point where we all can stand up and hold on to ourselves for who we are and what we look like, instead we are who he want us to be and we look how he wants us to look. Men are not the only holder of beauty the media is giving great competition. Media tells us that beauty is not short, bigger than size 4, tall, smaller than size 2, and numerous of other criteria. Entertainment’s beauty finds:

..Show that the ideas of beauty and physical attractiveness are largely synonymous, and although both are highly valued by society, both are rendered almost impossible to attain…. more than two thirds of women strongly agree that “the media and advertising set a unrealistic standard of beauty that most women cant ever achieve. (Dove, Srategyone, Etcoff, Orbach 50-1)

Dove and the other contributes have blasted us with such power statements that the media’s version of beauty is impossible to reach. So why are we living up to the beauty. Again what is beauty? There is no specific definition because women have yet to come to clear understanding that beauty is us not what is expected of us.

Woman is struggling to get or hold on to a man to give meaning to her life. (Smith 58) They say that this assumption is because all the ads for Victoria’s secret is presented to attract men. Victoria’s Secret is designed to sell to women what the average man wants, sexy. Every woman wants to the have the body of a Victoria’s secret model. They have just the right curves such as the petite butt, large bust line, and...
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