Saturday, September 17, 2011
America the Beautiful
A while ago I had watched this documentary called "America the Beautiful" which tackled how we view plastic surgery, modeling, and looks today in society. The trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y06bkDVCM6w and the full documentary is actually free on Hulu here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/198883/america-the-beautiful. It is disturbing to see how many people obsess over looks these days and when forced to give a "why" they can't even answer. The young guy in the trailer wants to look for a "slender girl... why I couldn't even tell you why" and needs to get a six pack but doesn't even know what the importance of it is. It's ridiculous that people obsess over airbrushed images and want to attain something that the model doesn't even have. This brings me back to that statue of Wonder Woman we discussed about in class, where the Khunds had to "pretty [her] up a bit." We all thought that the statue was not very attractive, but the Khunds perceived it as attractive and did not appreciate Wonder Woman's slender frame. Are we obsessed with these idealized images simply because the media feeds it to us and we view it as the "norm"? Could we explain WHY something is beautiful, or do we just label it as such?