This is a very serious issue. Images of so-called physically ‘perfect women’ have never been MORE unattainable. Not only are photos airbrushed – women are made thinner, bigger-breasted, longer legged etc, but famous women more than ever are undergoing expensive cosmetic procedures to look ‘perfect.’
It used to be a standing joke for a woman to say: “Does my bum look big in this? I have asked this myself at times in my life, albeit with trepidation, but now it is trendy to have a massive butt ….. providing you also have a tiny waist and large breasts. Why?
Largely because of the likes of Kim Kardashian and her pals, who like to take selfies to show off their cosmetically enhanced bodies to their impressionable young followers.
It is now the height of fashion to have a big arse. Although this is a relief for for many of us (me included) it is not good enough just to have a big arse, it has to be as pert as an 18 year old’s! For many women this look is only achievable through cosmetic surgery.
Worryingly, there is a huge rise of cosmetic procedures for young women who feel as though they are physical failures unless they have this artificial unattainable look.
And due to the rise of online porn, young women are now even booking procedures to make their genitals look more ‘perfect.’
We must have beautiful glossy hair on our heads, but own hairless bodies. Wrinkles are banished, lips must be pouty. Importantly we must be slim AND (more recently) overtly curvaceous.
Back to this article, which prompted this rather ranty piece… I have never been a royalist, in fact, far from it. However, I take massive issue with the judgemental claptrap that it spouts. AND that a woman wrote it and sees nothing wrong with denigrating a fellow woman who is to most people hopelessly glamorous is a sad mystery to me.
By subtly attacking an extremely attractive woman who must spend a huge amount of time on maintaining her appearance, the feelings of ‘normal’ women who are gazing at themselves critically in the mirror, wishing they were thinner, younger, a different shape, more fashionable etc, are totally disregarded. Clearly the author could not care less about the effect her words may have on impressionable young women, or on older women trying to still be relevant in a society that favours young women.
At first glance the article appears to give light-hearted advice to Kate about keeping up with Harry’s new girlfriend, Meghan Markle who is actually a bit older.
But the undertones are unpleasantly perjorative – and quite frankly outrageous. Two very high profile women are deliberately and publicly set against each other.
Kate (who has two small children) is compared unfavourably with Meghan, who reportedly has whiter teeth, a more sparkling complexion, no bags under her eyes, does not wear ‘mumsy clothes” and is more adventurous with her outfits.
Kate apparently looks ‘a touch ordinary’, her eyebrows aren’t right, her eyeliner is wrong, her lipstick is dull, she wears boring shoes, her trainers should be more fashionable, she should have some kind of surgical treatments applied to get rid of bags under her eyes… oh but her nails are ok, comments the author.
It is as depressing as it is disgracefully shallow. Women have had monumental battles of the centuries to be seen as equal to men. Gaining the vote, sexual emancipation, equal rights to work after marriage, owning property etc have all come slowly – and things are still far from ideal. But in 2016, one of the biggest battles women have I believe, is against this sweeping insidious pressure to look perfect and to prevent their faces and bodies ageing.
Good luck to all us women who are brave enough to defy the growing societal norm of physical perfection and eternal youth.