Why is beauty so important to society?

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  1. ii3rittles profile image80
    ii3rittlesposted 12 years ago

    Why is beauty so important to society?

    It seems as the, the "more" beautiful a woman is, the further she can get in life, just on her looks alone. Looks have become so important to young girls and women in general that 16 year old girls are having plastic surgery, and really beautiful women and girls call themselves ugly. It seems as though society even deemed that being slightly thick, fat or even over weight automatically makes a woman ugly. Why is this happening?

  2. rtburroughs2 profile image73
    rtburroughs2posted 12 years ago

    On the whole, society goes with what is popular, as sad as that may be. There once was a time where heavier women were considered very attractive. Two of the most attractive women of the 19th century Mae West, and Marilyn Monroe, were both a size 16.

  3. QualityContent profile image70
    QualityContentposted 12 years ago

    Our society is obsessed with beauty. Many people can't accept themselves for what they are. People are also "sheep" and they follow the leader. The media also plays a role.

  4. sen.sush23 profile image60
    sen.sush23posted 12 years ago

    Beauty is a perception and the individual's perception can get modulated by the group's perception. Thus societies begin to determine what would be called beautiful and what not, particularly when it comes to personal beauty. In African societies, there were women who would lengthen their neck by wearing restricting metal/wood/ivory neck ornament; as in Japan they would not allow the feet to grow. These lead to medical complications, and women had to suffer consequences of trying to be beautiful. In our times, it is the 'hour glass figure' that has been declared to be most pleasing to our eyes. But trying artificially to have one, has its consequences. We hear of the buttock burst incidents. Then there is Anorexia Bulimia. Sometimes cancer. But beauty does not really take you places, as you suggest. All the beautiful men and women of our times, have also been gifted, intelligent, and hard working too. So if we are gifted, or intelligent or hardworking - we can arrive even if we are not beautiful.

  5. maddot profile image65
    maddotposted 12 years ago

    I guess you have to define what beauty is. I think a person's beauty is defined by the type of person they are , not by their  looks. initially someone may seem pleasing to the eye, but if their behaviour falls short they tend to lose that initial pleasing look. I  find that as i get to know a person they become more beautiful; sometimes it's the gentleness in their eyes or a wide open smile that reflects their outlook on life or an expression that reveals their deep compassion.
    If you look around at your friends I think you will find you are not always attracted to people becasue they fit the steryoptype of beauty that is sold to us by the media which is product based and aimed at getting us to spend on things that create an illusion of beauty.

  6. leijintang profile image40
    leijintangposted 12 years ago

    For example, beauty can bring click, and click brings money.....Still,beauty can bring disaster to girl.

  7. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 12 years ago

    In one word, "VANITY" both men and women have it.

  8. donnaisabella profile image72
    donnaisabellaposted 12 years ago

    I believe any woman is just as beautiful as they believe they are. If you compare yourself to others, you will always find something to be dissatisfied about. America has to start looking at true beauty which is the inner beauty of a beautiful soul, a person that accepts themselves and lives it out for all to see. It is not a result of carelessness but respect for oneself and for others. I will not let the world mold me into what it wants so I can be at their mercy.

    Psalm 139:14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.

  9. Insane Mundane profile image58
    Insane Mundaneposted 12 years ago

    Easy answer: Sex sells; go figure...   

    However, I disagree with your "slightly thick" statement due to the fact that "big booties" are being promoted these days on a regular basis.  Thankfully, I like full-figured women, as I've never been attracted to a pile of bones.

    Oh, great, now the old song "Baby Got Back" from Sir Mix-A-Lot comes into my mind, like the one located here:   http://music.yahoo.com/sir-mix-a-lot/vi … k--2147288


  10. mikejhca profile image91
    mikejhcaposted 12 years ago

    Beauty effects people and so does seeing something ugly.  In the summer I spend a lot of time looking at animals and scenery that I consider beautiful.  It triggers an emotional response that makes me feel good.  People can have a similar effect.  Seeing beautiful people leads to positive thoughts and emotions while seeing people I consider ugly can cause me to have negative thoughts and emotions.

    People have different views of what is ugly and what is beautiful.  For me it is mainly about health.  In general if I look at someone and they do not look healthy they do not look beautiful to me.  I think what you said is happening because women are being compared or comparing themselves to models and actresses.  When I go to the beach I do not see very many people that look like models and there are usually a lot more overweight men than women.

  11. cicsomum profile image59
    cicsomumposted 12 years ago

    We (humans) are all about food and sex, so why does that surprise you

  12. Express10 profile image86
    Express10posted 12 years ago

    Beauty is important to those who don't feel they are beautiful. It is also important to those who are consciously or subconsciously searching for a mate (whether or not they have one). People are superficial and impatient and use beauty as a shortcut to determine someone's worth, intelligence, or level of health. The media perpetuates this and so do the teens, 20 and 30 somethings that I see prancing around in little more than a t-shirt and heels trying to pass this off as a dress. I have seen stunning women and girls of all shapes, ages, skin tones, and sizes.

  13. Mother of Zeno profile image60
    Mother of Zenoposted 12 years ago


    This link goes to a blog of mine. There are two posts there that are sort of about this subject, and how worldly pressure took the life of someone I went to school with. It's really sad what girls, and even boys are being pressured into. Beauty is not only skin deep, but people just don't seem to realize it.

  14. Trevor Davis profile image57
    Trevor Davisposted 12 years ago

    One could very well say that by having the security of looking attractive to the opposite sex that they could find a more suitable partner who is successful and therefore produce a safer and more suitable living environment.

  15. Vlorsutes profile image71
    Vlorsutesposted 10 years ago

    I think it comes down to man's pursuit of perfection. As a whole, our lifestyle is driven by the idea that the closer you are to perfection, the better, more successful you are in what you do. As such, our physical appearance, an indicator of our status, is often the first things that people judge someone else on, and as such is what many focus on altering and "improving".

    We're driven by this thought, and we'll time, money, and resources to be able to achieve this perfection, no matter the cost. We'll spend thousands and thousands of dollars on the latest diet trend or to go under the knife and countless hours working on "improving" our bodies through over-the-top exercises, all to achieve a facade. Health is one thing, but nowadays people take these practices to such extremes, all in the sake of perfection, that many become obsessed by it.

  16. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 10 years ago

    Despite being told that beauty is skin deep, society has outer measurements of what is considered to be beautiful. Despite what you been told , outer beauty has extrinsic advantages & rewards. read more

  17. profile image52
    WATERSTARposted 10 years ago

    From WATERSTAR, beauty is beautiful and as you can clearly see it is taking over the whole world, and the reason is it must be so the GOD who made you so beautiful declared that at this time in the days that we are now Living that the daughters of mankind will be very fair and beautiful and truly truly all the women of the twenty first century are plesant and nice to Look at this his the Last fenally of Beauty before the Lord the Maker of all return, so enjoy your Beauty GOD LOVE YOU the way you are, just dont over eat you are Beautyful By being the best you, you can be. BY WATERSTAR:


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