In the topic “Looking for a Topic,” (Looking for a Topic) I asked for reader input on what I should write about next. I got two really great suggestions, one from Username79 and one from Jaden. This post will deal with the request from Jaden.
Jaden asked two really good questions and I will answer them in the order she asked them. They are:
Question One: What are your thoughts or opinions on societies personification on how people should look?
Answer One: In a word, jaded. American culture and society rife with adverts about the next great hair product, nail polish, or trendy clothing item that we forget, I think, that a persons value does not depend on how they look.
We are also led to believe (trained? conditioned? brainwashed?) into thinking that only beautiful people are worthy of attention. I don’t know if you watch soap operas, but if you get the chance, turn on one soap. It doesn’t matter which one. All you see are beautiful people. The women are (usually) long-legged beauty’s and the men are hunks. All are dressed nicely and seem to have no money problems at all. Some have no visible means of income, yet all manage to dress in the latest styles and drive trendy sports cars.
This reinforces the notion that everyone should dress in the best clothes possible and wear the latest “product” in their hair.
It’s not just the soaps, though. At every level of our society, children, especially females, are taught to “look pretty and males will follow you around.” I don’t know if you are familiar with the toy line called Bratz (Bratz Site) or not. They are a line of dolls who are always dressed in trendy fashions and have the latest accessories. These toys are aimed at the 9-15 crowd.
What is the purpose of these toys (beyond the obvious commercial aspect)? To teach young girls to be as pretty as possible. That if they just wear the latest fashions, carry the latest cell phone, and drive the latest SUV, then the world will give them what they want. It is an exteremely dangerous message to send to children.
But, that is our society. The “beautiful people” will get what they want, while the “ugly people” are treated as if they were an invisible nuisance to be dealt with. I don’t like that aspect of American society, but I don’t think it will change anytime soon so long as toys like the Bratz are allowed to teach our children how to be sluts instead of good, upstanding, law-abiding citizens.
Question Two: And do you think that the physical aspects tend to roll over on how people at large think someone should act?
Answer Two: Absolutely! Remember, if you are beautiful, you are good. You are worthy. If you are beautiful, you have a good job, drive a good vehicle, and have disposible income to meet any challenge. Not that you have any, because everyone loves you and gives you things so they can be in your presence.
Ugly people, on the other hand, are supposed to be poor, downtrodden, and hopeless. They are not supposed to drive anything of real value, a Pinto, for example. Or wear the latest fashions, because, well, they are ugly!
Beautiful people dress nice, therefore they are good people. They act “correctly,” and are never wrong.
Ugly people dress poorly, therefore they are bad people. The act “incorrectly,” and are never expected to rise above the poverty line. They are never right, either.
Polititians tread on this as well. This is why you will never see a male polititian wear anything but a suit and tie when they give a speech. Imagine if the president wore a Hawian shirt. People would take him even less seriously than now, because they would think he was not taking his job seriously if he’s not dressed nice. (Remember, beautiful people smart; ugly people stupid).
The same would hold true for a woman. Probably more so for her, come to think of it. If a professional woman showed up to work in anything but a “power suit” (heels, hose, professional looking attire) they would not be taken seriously. Thus, she must not be thought of as a human being, much less a vibrantly beautiful woman.
To conclude, American society is jaded. It has serious problems which can only be solved with a radical rethinking of our ideaology. American culture must change in order for it to survive. Rethinking our views on appearance would be a good first step.
Thank you, Jaden for a wonderful suggestion for a topic. If you want to make a suggestion for a topic, please feel free to leave me a comment with your suggestion. Or, you can send me an email at WonderGoon (at) breakthru (dot) com.