Friday, February 17, 2012
The Eye of the Beholder?
The essay I found very appealing was "The Truth About Beauty" by Virginia Postrel. The reason I found this essay extremely appealing is because instead of bashing the media for evoking a sense of what beauty ought to be, like most scholarly essays I've read, she actually presents quite a different view about beauty. I think the thesis of this essay is that regardless of size, shape, or form, we can not deny what is typically pleasing to the general run of the population. Postrel uses a popular cosmetic industry in our society, Dove as an example to prove her point. Dove is accredited towards convincing every woman that she can be beautiful. For example, while trying to convince bigger women that they can be beautiful, Dove uses bigger women, but even then, these women have fat in all the right places, have smooth skin, beautiful hair, and generally pleasing faces, which goes on to justify Postrel's theory; "Our eyes and brains pretty consistently like some human forms better than others." I found this essay extremely insightful, and it provided me with the background on a question that I have always mulled over. Is it fair to tell every woman she is beautiful just the way she is? Does this not give her false hope, and stir away from the reality of her situation? Are people just evoking the message that every woman CAN be beautiful to be politically correct?