The idea of beauty is to be; white, able-bodied, and blue eyed. Beauty is a societal norm that we must conform too, and if we don’t we will be punished. God forbid if that happens!
If beauty is shaking my assets on TV, then I most definitely don’t want to be a part of it! As men and women we are coerced to believe this ideology of reaching the goal of beauty, men are to be muscular, insensitive, have short hair, with washboard abs. Whereas women are considered to look “feminine & petite,” able-bodied, have long hair, emotional, and wake-up with perfect make-up in the morning! (Now you know that ain’t gonna happen!) I know many females that obsess over their photos: Does my hair look okay? Do I look fat? Am I wearing too much make-up?
It never ceases to amaze me when males decide to look macho and take photos of their abs and newly worked biceps just to fill their egos, and girls that rack their brain until the wee hours of the night trying to figure out the perfect comment! Society continues to change but yet we make the mistake of trying to keep up with the latest trends and fashions. In a perfect world we must conform but I say forget THAT; lets break down the barriers of what society says and rise up to be our own women and man! Let’s become role-models, and owners of our sexuality. What is considered beauty cannot be defined as one size, one skin colour, one hair style, and one cup size. Beauty is on the inside and we gotta let it shine through on the outside!
Peace & Love,
editor’s note: Aholland is a first year psychology and women’s studies student. she is involved in different types of feminist activism, with a particular interest in Afrocentrism.