Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Truth About Beauty

In Virginia Postrel’s essay, “The Truth About Beauty,” the most important theme is the understanding that beauty should be accepted for what it is as opposed to how it is perceived, with some people having more of it than others. Postrel speaks of the Dove beauty commercials and how they are working to make every woman feel beautiful just the way she is, but understands that some people are just more appeasing to look at than others. The author says it must be understood that there is nothing wrong with how, “our eyes and our brains pretty consistently like some human forms better than others. She instead says people should understand their own shortcomings and strengths rather than being so worried about making everyone feel beautiful. The idea of beauty is purely physiological and, “features we see as beautiful…have been rewarded through countless generations of competition for mates.”

If beauty is simply what human instincts dictate will help continue the human race, then Postrel is correct in saying that not everyone has to worry about being beautiful. It would be impossible to do for some people, because some of the features that define beauty are unable to be fixed, such as symmetry and age. Postrel understands that, “like the rest of the genetic lottery, beauty is unfair. Everyone falls short of perfection, but some are luckier than others”. With a push toward understanding strengths and weaknesses, humans can better understand beauty and perhaps not place as much importance in it. The most important theme is accepting beauty as it is, not as the media portrays it.

7 comments:

  1. I really like this piece of writing. it was such an interesting read. the video was eye opening too. the media is really fixated on beauty and have pretty much defined and set the standards for everyone.

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  2. The second quote used here is really good because it's just so true. Accepting beauty as it is would help everyone live a happier, less stressful life and that is important in todays society because of the standards people hold.

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  3. I found this very interesting. From a man's perspective you don't often here this sort of thing. It really make you wonder about how you yourself look and treat others.

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  4. I like that you talk about he media. It is crazy how many people actually feel inadequate to what the media portrays. I know that I am guilty of it because I realize that what I see may actually be a computerized morphing of a natuarlly beautiful woman into something not truly real...but we do not always know what is real and whats not. Back in olden days, beauty was completely different than it is today. We just need to wait for the portrayal to morph into somethine new and maybe a bit more positive for all men and women

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  5. Im glad you mentioned the part about finding the best in yourself. We are all created with skill, talent, and beauty by the Creator. It's not necessarily how far we go in life (because quite frankly some are given more than others). It's what we do with what we are given. Take what's been given to you and USE IT for good!

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  7. There is nothing wrong with the way any of us look. The only reason we feel that something is wrong with us is because of the influence of the media. You have to accept yourself the way you are before others will accept you for who you are.

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