Is today’s beauty ideal is out of control?

#everydaylookism has become "a public health emergency," says Professor Heather Widdows. What do you think? Please share your thoughts here.

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Comment by Mark S. Hansen on January 13, 2020 at 4:34pm

Todays beauty idea? The manufactured, serial advertised, media saturated, idea(L) of beauty goes back decades. Think about it. Prob the worst toy u can give a young girl, is a Barby doll, perfect in every way, and as far away from reality as you an get, that is, except, for the reality of millions of young girls. And that is just the iceberg. About 10 years ago I saw an ad for a product for Lorea'l, called, "Youth Code." They said, "After you hit a certain age your skin starts to radically lose its elasticity. That age they said, was 20 yrs. old! 20. And now where we live in the most impersonal, overly image conscious age, ever, with all this marvelous, social media tech, from Instagram to Snap Chat, where advertisers (pushers) can go and manipulate their beauty addicts, where they have never ben able to go before, anyone is game. And to chase perfection is a losing game for their consumers, but not for the trillion $$$ beauty Ind. Am I an alarmist? Not at all. I am a realist, and in this day and age, that is in very, very, short supply.            

Comment by Mark S. Hansen on January 13, 2020 at 4:35pm

Comment by Cheryl, Co-founder on January 13, 2020 at 11:05pm

Hi @Mark, have you ever read the Book, "The Beauty Myth" By Naomi Wolf?  I have not read it in a long time but your comments remind me of it.

Comment by dreamscometrue on March 11, 2022 at 6:18pm

I dont think so, but what I do think is the perception of what beauty is, and what it is with hair, is out of control.  All this my natural hair, my dreads, my fro is attached to identity in my opinion, is out of control.  I think we place to much of who we think we should be in the place of people that dont live our lives, we forget identity, and the meaning of who you are starts with how you are taught to think ad who influences you to think for yourself.  Not allowing for someone or something to define your own beauty.


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