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BEAUTY - What are the Effects on society?
Posted 12/29/07
it's kind of like this thread.

Does pretty earn more?

http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=53743
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Posted 12/29/07
Haha

Starting a thread by just posting a section from wikipedia.

brilliant!

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Posted 12/29/07

purpleluck wrote:

Beauty presents a standard of comparison, and it can cause resentment and dissatisfaction when not achieved. People who do not fit the "beauty ideal" may be ostracized within their communities. The television sitcom Ugly Betty documents the life of a girl faced with hardships due to society's unwelcoming attitudes toward those they deem unattractive. However, a person may also be targeted for harassment because of their beauty. In Malèna, a strikingly beautiful Italian woman is forced into poverty by the women of the community who refuse to give her work in fear that she may "woo" their husbands.


Regarding this I can only think of one saying: "The nail that stands out gets hammered"


purpleluck wrote:
Nevertheless, beauty has inspired humans throughout history, but the quest for beauty via thinness has also led to eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia. Too much emphasis on superficial beauty can undermine the importance of the inner person. It can become an arbitrary value that leads to social inequity.


Beauty is an arbitrary value, in most cases at least. No one ever claimed that being thin is the absolute form of beauty, and in most cases, bulimics and anorexics are just led on by a self-illusion that they are fatter than normal. In most cases, its a psychological problem on behalf of the person rather than a large scale social one.


purpleluck wrote:

Researchers have found that good looking students get higher grades from their teachers than students with an ordinary appearance. Furthermore, attractive patients receive more personalized care from their doctors. Studies have even shown that handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts. How much money a person earns may also be influenced by physical beauty. One study found that people low in physical attractiveness earn 5 to 10 percent less than ordinary looking people, who in turn earn 3 to 8 percent less than those who are considered good looking.Discrimination against others based on their appearance is known as lookism.


Somehow I have a tingling doubt that those studies are reliable. Could possibly be subjective statistics. Source?


purpleluck wrote:
In a different context, the term "beautiful people" is used to refer to those who closely follow trends in fashion, physical appearance, food, wine, automobiles, and real estate, often at a considerable financial cost. Such people often mirror in appearance and consumer choices the characteristics and purchases of wealthy actors and actresses, models, or other celebrities. The term "beautiful people" originally referred to the musicians, actors and celebrities of the California "Flower Power" generation of the 1960s. The Beatles reference the original "beautiful people" in their 1967 song "Baby You're a Rich Man" on the Magical Mystery Tour album. With the close of the 1960s, the concept of beautiful people gradually came to encompass fashionistas and the "hip" people of New York City, expanding to its modern definition. Beautiful people usually enjoy an image-based and/or financially-based prestige which enhances their aura of success, power, and beauty.


The "beauty" in this context is a socially adulterated form of "beauty" and is not anyway related to absolute beauty or even visual beauty. That is to say that this is only probably true in the recent societies and may not always hold true.

Furthermore, I believe that there is something lacking in there like a parameter that say in which context is "beauty" used upon. In this case, trend and fashion. Im not so sure, but it seems like this particular paragraph or argument is out of context/parameter in relation to the first three paragraphs, which talked about what is visually beautiful. Out of focus.
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Posted 12/29/07

lazypower wrote:

You did not wrote that, did you?


I hope not. Such unfocused article, it looks like it came from wikipedia or something. Only those sites where there is no single author can produce such piece with no single thesis and foci are thrown all over the places.
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Posted 12/29/07
ok ok, honestly. you get STARED at and even if your ugly. they STARE at you too!! *shrugs* it goes both ways
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Posted 12/29/07
theres a really good video about this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U
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Posted 12/29/07
i guess it does have an effect in society. the "beautiful" and "ugly" people gets more attention, although in a different manner, than those of the "average-looking"

very childish, ne? most, or maybe some, of these so-called beautiful and ugly people don't even like receiving those kinds of attention. no matter how many times we say it we can't change this very childish society that we are living in. so we just have to deal with it. this is just one of the immaturities of human beings.
Posted 12/30/07
All I know is, this is beauty.

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Posted 1/1/08
I think society defines beauty as opposed to how beauty defines society. Anyway my standards of beauty are different in comparison to what lot of society thinks
for example I consider a person such as Imogen Heap

far more beautiful than say........Paris Hilton

you decide for yourself
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Posted 1/2/08
hmm . . . I don't really see the point in this thread anymore.
Posted 6/5/08
People thinking that them being good-looking makes others fall in love with them ?
Making teens force themselves to eat less just to look like that anorexic woman in the magazine ?
Posted 6/5/08
haha...everyone is pretty
lol
way pretty.
aww
too bad im nOt
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Posted 6/5/08
I think beauty is found WITHIN YOU. Beauty is not just about physical appearances. I think the need to be pretty is just taking over everything.
Posted 6/5/08
Man, I hate how we have such high expectations regarding beauty. The truth is that there are more average looking people than beautiful. DAMN YOU HOLLYWOOD! Anyways well Angelina is perfection.
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