She coats her face with foundation and makessure her highlight is heavy. She layers her lashes in mascara, until theyscrape her cheekbones. She still puts on her fake lashes though; she likes howthey make her eyelashes look much fuller. She nags to her mother about how her waist is growing broad and hercollarbones won’t pop. Being a teenage girl is enough of a struggle, withoutbeing sucked into the whirlpool of social media standards and having to be inthe likes of Instagram and Snapchat.
Her mother, a woman who guided herchildren through all hardships, could not understand why the internet shapedher only daughter into being everything but herself. She tried explaining toher daughter how her eyes were blue lakes and her skin, golden brown, felt likebutter running down our hands and her hair painted the colors of the wind. Oh,what a beautiful person she was, in and out. Now, pressurized by the standards created through plastic surgery, make up and Photoshop,she can’t seem to accept herself at all. She, a teenage girl of the presentgeneration, has to live up to everyone else’s expectation, just for a number oflikes and coughed up comments. Her pictures no longer consisted of her and herfriends joyous and elated; rather they were filled with pouts and straightfaces, to show an attitude she never had. And ever wondered why she did it? Herrole models did the same.
Kylie Jenner, the woman she looked up to, has almost80 million followers on the photo-sharing application; about four times thepopulation of Australia. She posts pictures of her busting out a new Ferrari orof her in a bikini, with almost impossible bodily features. The teenage girlwishes to be like her role model when she grows older, hoping to succumb to thepowers of social media just for the feel of being accepted by people she willnever know. The current generation has something verywrong stirred into it, it is the inability to accept people for exactly whothey are.
If a woman likes natural beauty, she will be bashed for being ugly.On the other hand, women who wear make up will be pulled down into the ridgesfor being “fake” or “unnatural”. This inability to accept people causes asituation which is a never ending tug of war between people who want to livefor themselves, and people who want to live for others, both being constantlyunhappy with one another.
In this scrimmage, a vulnerable section ofpeople are dragged in, the adolescents. Teenagers are unshielded from the harshstereotypes and standards set by society; which they classify as “normal”, andare vastly affected by the unforgiving sentiments thrown at them by the samepeople they are trying to appease. Teenage girls are pulled into the ideologiescrafted by the Internet society, making delusional body standards, influencingrisky behavior and causing everything to seem commercial. Girls, specifically, cannotlive without social media these days, as it gives them a false feeling ofsecurity about themselves.
Girls no longer want to get out and do new things;therefore elucidating the impression that the world revolves around likes,comments, parties, fame and a social status created by people sitting behindscreens. Social media has had almost an all-negativeimpact on teenage girls, causing feelings of depression and long felt sadnessamongst most girls; due to people being unable to accept a person for who theyare. This will be directly proportional to higher rates of suicide as well. Theneed to appease to people all the time has caused girls to be unconfident andinsecure about minute things. The beauty myth, a novel by Naomi Wolf, had abasic proposition that forced adherence to standards of physical beauty hasgrown stronger for women as they gained power in other societal arenas. Wolfargues that this standard of beauty has taken over the work of social coercionformerly left to myths about motherhood, domesticity, chastity, and passivity,all of which have been used to keep women powerless. In the author’s view, “thegaunt, youthful model (has) supplanted the happy housewife as the arbiter ofsuccessful womanhood.
” The myth of beauty spreads the belief that an objectivemeasurement of beauty exists, and that woman must want to embody it, and thatmen must want such women. It spreads the idea that was seen of beauty isappearance and not personality and behavior, in contrast to which the realityis that beauty is behavior and appearance all in all. It is one of the most important feministnovels, with a powerful message. Every girl should read it, and understand themisunderstood term of feminism.
This generation looks at feminism as a way ofbeing superior to men, whereas it is to gain equality in this partial,unjustified planet. Girls should never feel suppressed by theunreasonable standards put forth by the society, but rather overcome it andbecome the successful woman she wants to be. You don’t have to be fair, tall,fat, thin, short, dark or any of that to be successful and happy. The Internetwill have trends that will come and go, but the originality in yourself is thekey to everything.