Blogmas #15: Society’s Perception of Beauty

Hello everyone,

To say I’m on the urge of a mental breakdown would be the biggest understatement in the world right now. I wrote out this entire post only to have it mysteriously delete when I uploaded the pictures. It’s beyond frustrating given how many other Blogmas posts I have to write.

Now that I’ve got that little rant off my chest, I’d like to write about something much more important. I’ve been thinking about many of the problems in the entertainment industry lately, particularly in the media geared for children. While most of the movies and T.V. shows developed for the youth demographic claim to instill positive messages in kids, they seem to be doing the exact opposite by creating distorted ideas of beauty and personality.

As everyone knows, most children’s programs follow the same plot: a brave hero must conquer a treacherous villain. I don’t see any issues with this concept per se, and I understand what the creators are trying to do. They want to teach kids that they must stand up against what’s wrong in order to do what’s right. As I said, there’s nothing wrong with that in concept.

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However, it’s not the concept that I’m having issues with. It’s the portrayals. In all of these children programs, the heroes have strikingly similar characteristics to the heroes, and the villains have strikingly similar characteristics to the villains. The heroes embody all of society’s conventional standards of beauty. They’re tall. They’re thin. They’re young. They’re beautiful. Villains, on the other hand, possess none of society’s traditional beauty standards. They’re physical opposites of the heroes.

This stigma implements a horrible idea in children’s heads. It teaches them to associate physical beauty with kindness. It teaches them to make snap judgments based on appearances. It teaches them to believe that all good people look a certain way, and all bad people look another.

The point to this rant is that children’s media needs to stop appropriating stereotypes. Kids should be taught to learn about other people before they make assertions. They shouldn’t be conditioned to see beauty as an internal quality rather than an external one.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely yours,

Paige

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My name is Paige and I am an aspiring writer and journalist. Writing has been my passion since I was nine years old. This blog serves as a space for me to share my thoughts with the world. Thank you for checking it out, and I hope you enjoy.

11 thoughts on “Blogmas #15: Society’s Perception of Beauty

  1. Completely agree with you. I also think this works with people aged 13 and up with the media. It’s become the norm to wear contour every day and wear more makeup in general. People see models and actors etc who wear makeup. But they don’t realise how thick that makeup on the person is. Having worked in the makeup industry friends always said to me – I want this look. But they didn’t realise how many layers it took to get that look. The natural look and the less perfect look – actually works and looks so much better. Brilliant post x

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  2. I feel like that’s the same for adult programming too. When I view European shows (Polish in particular), I see a winder variety of people represented. In America, most stars are sort of clones of each other. We are not all meant to look alike, damn it! It’s okay to have a different shape, or face, or hair.

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  3. Isn’t that true. It’s bullshit. As if it’s not enough that when they become teenager they have to deal with TV & Magazines..? I can only imagine what things will be like when my kids come into this world. I really hope a miracle happens and things change.

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