The main issue I have with this practice, aside from the blatant media and fashion industry control that it demonstrates, is that there are many varieties of beauty in the female form and we are only permitted to see a select few. The perceived lack-of-demand for natural beauty keeps away the curves, wrinkles and other “imperfections” which define character within a person. This same problem exists in the male world. Men are expected to look and dress in a certain fashion (albeit a less intensive one) or they do not live up to the “standard.”
These sorts of stereotypes go beyond just distorting people’s view of reality. They can actually become
I understand that the main goal of these proliferators of standardization is to make money and the best way to do that is to convince people that they’re not good enough unless they buy the right products, but these attitudes are ultimately creating a harmful environment to live in. There can be no self-acceptance in the bright lights of societal pressure. How are people to grow, adapt and become individuals if they are constantly expected to destroy and alter that individuality?