Movies Create Unrealistic Expectations Of Beauty

Movies Create Unrealistic Expectations Of Beauty

You can't just pull glasses off a girl and she's instantly beautiful; it just doesn't happen.


This whole idea of "pulling the glasses off a girl and boom she's beautiful" is just plain stupid. It's this moment in time, usually in a movie, where a girl's glasses are taken off and BOOM: she's unrecognizable from who she was. Most of these types of scenes occur while the character is in high school/at some fancy school dance (usually prom). As someone who wears glasses, there are literally so many things wrong with this portrayal of a character. It's the portrayal of a character that, just because she wears glasses, she'll never win the guy, or be the prettiest or do something successful in her life that isn't portrayed as nerdy or geeky.

Here's my problem: it just isn't realistic and it isn't fair.

If you are still unsure of what I'm referring to, it's those moments in movies, usually while the characters are in high school, where girls are portrayed as weak, nerdy and less attractive because of their glasses and at the lowest level of the high school hierarchy. There are two movies in particular that come to mind: "She's All That" and "The Princess Diaries."

I mean, SURE, we're supposed to learn these lessons and take notes from that "transformation" moment. Hollywood sets up all these plot continuations about "saving the guy from going out with the ugly girl" or "beauty is less important than character development" (This I get. It is important.) However, the way Hollywood goes around developing and moving through these types of plots is just wrong. This aspect of movies is wrong. It sets up women (and possibly others) for disappointments - disappointments in terms of just by taking off your glasses, you'll become gorgeous and life will get better and you'll get the guy and blah blah blah. NO, that is NOT what happens.

Beauty starts when confidence begins. I won't go into the stereotypical, "You gain beauty from accepting who you are" type of whatever. You can't expect to find what you want in life by removing your glasses or whatever blurry image is blocking your real view of who you are (a message that I'm sure movie creators want to send to their audiences, but who really knows, right?)

Real life is hard and in having your own moment of the "taking off the glasses and revealing a beautiful girl hiding behind them" starts from not looking at Hollywood. It starts by realizing that when Hollywood does that, it creates a stigma, a stigma towards women who wear glasses and beauty standards that seemingly never end in their overly high expectations and being someone who's seen as a "dork" or a "geek" or even a "nerd". It's literally a label where other people make fun of someone because they're threatened by another's intelligence, or maybe they're just cruel and stupid.

While a "pull off the glasses" moment probably won't happen to anyone in real life because while it's just so unrealistic, it causes a stigma that labels those who are different for really stupid reasons, like their intelligence. While the portrayal of female characters dealing with this plot point doesn't entirely happen all that much, this doesn't mean that they're not important to address. It is a stupid and unrealistic ideal among many that women seem to have to deal with. A pair of glasses doesn't change the way a person looks - sure, it can impact it, but it doesn't fully change what a person's physical characteristics are. But also, no one is ever truly fully unrecognizable with or without them.

THIS just doesn't happen.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Life Is So Much More Than Ourselves

The lives we live are really so much bigger than just ourselves.


I hope people hear this loud and clear when I say that this generation of people and quite frankly our society as a whole has become one of the most selfish to date. I really hope people reading this don't take it as me calling people out, "throwing shade" or bashing humanity, I'm just trying to put out a call to action but in a more blunt way.

This generation subconsciously lives by the "me, my, mine" lifestyle. Everything is all about us, and what we want and immediate satisfaction or gratification from the things that we do in life. We always want someone to notice what we are doing, that we did it and we want to be acknowledged for it. Our wants and desires power so much of what we do and how we react to what others do and so on and so forth. Also, kind of piggybacking on that, we tend to believe or live by the idea that, "yeah it happens, but it's never gonna happen to me" which can be a major issue when it comes to decision making. This is because we don't think about how it affects anyone but ourselves, usually in the immediate sense rather than the long term.

With that being said it can become an issue when we choose to ignore the other things going on around us like, "oh, someone else will get it." and then things like the trash epidemic and the state at which our planet and country is in now. We have become so self-absorbed that it's to hell with everything else. The places that we call home and the world that we know is falling apart and we are all just gonna sit by and watch like nothing is happening.

I am tired of the mentality that we as a society live in, and how we try to desperately to look great on social media but do nothing about it in real life. It is time that things change and we are the ones changing it.

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