There were things in my life that I was denied when I was child (mostly because my parents struggled just to put food on our table), so I strive to give my children things for the simple reason that I did not have them. I think a parent's biggest goal is to improve your children's lives by at least 100% above your own. Sometimes I cross the line of improvement into Spoilageville, but that topic is for another time. Back to my original thought.
Now that I have my daughter, I tend to notice other people's daughters. Other people get their daughters' ears pierced. My parents had mine pierced when I was six weeks old. It's cute when a little girl baby has little earrings sparkling on either side of their big ol' head. I have also witnessed some little boy babies with earrings...not quite the same effect. I've even considered asking why Social Services didn't investigate that madness. See? That's what I'm getting at, why does society say it's okay for girl babies to be held down and pierced against their will, but little boys with piercings are referred to as "Sissified" or worse "Queer".
|Mursi woman's lip plate.|
|This weighs about 4 1/2 lbs.|
So, maybe it's not just about making ourselves beautiful for the simple pleasure of thinking we're beautiful. It's sounding more like making men think we're more beautiful. Hurting yourself for male attention isn't a new idea. The Chinese women were binding their feet long before today's American women were shortening their toes in order to better wear their insanely high Peek-A-Boo Stilettos. You also can't forget those awful whale-bone corsets which created the illusion of tiny wastes. I'm sure the idea didn't originate there, but for my purposes, I'm going to contribute this fantastical idea to the London Aristocracy. I suppose it is also worth mentioning that Americans also adopted this idea of fashion which has since made a come back in the area of Burlesque Dancing. What happened to the idea of men being attracted to wider "birthing hips"- another term coined by men to praise their women's ability to give them lots of wee bairns.
I'm sure that there are lots of other 'quirky' things around the world that are done for women, by women in order to attract a well-to-do mate, but from here on out, I'm switching gears to include beauty trends in today's American society.
Plastic Surgery: There are lots of good reasons to get plastic surgery I suppose. For instance, when I was pregnant with Connor Lathan, I was told that he was going to be born with a cleft palate and lip. I was confronted with lots of images of children who successfully completed round after round of facial surgery to improve their quality of life. I was also told that he would have to be outfitted with a temporary palate so he could drink his milk without choking. Thankfully, his palate closed and he developed normally before birth.
|Irene Ferrari: Model, Size "F" breasts, Tiny Chihuahua.|
The Mani/ Pedi: Receiving fake nails for your fingers and your toes. Not only are they impractical and toxic, but they're costly and damaging to your natural nails. I can't tell you how many times I've watched a freshly-manicured woman attempt to pick coins up from a counter, only to fail and try some more until someone either takes pity on them and picks it up for them, or they give up altogether and decide that it's not worth the effort. Sure, it looks pretty. I've even had french tips before.
Going back to that Horror Show that TLC calls Toddlers and Tiaras I saw a mother take her little girl into a nail salon to have tips painted onto her nails because she was told that it could permanently damage her six-year-old daughter's nail bed. The little girl pouted and cried until her mother caved and took her back into the shop to have artificial nails glued to her fingers. I remember thinking that was a terrible, awful thing to let your daughter do to herself, no matter how much she cried and complained that her nails weren't as pretty as the other girls she competed against. When they showed her finished nails, I also remember thinking "Well, those are much prettier than the way she had them painted on before." That thought was followed by, "What the hell is wrong with me? I'm totally buying into Prostituinalizing children!" Society and reality television have conspired together to warp my poor, befuddled brain.
Pedicures are a good idea. I'm all for anything and everything that improves the look of feet. I'd even agree with the Man-Pedi. Man feet are quite possibly the most ugly things on the planet. But fake toenails? I might could see some validation in it if, oh say, you somehow tragically lost all of your toenails in a freak foot accident or something, but not when there's nothing wrong with your natural nails. I've also read that fake nails on your toes increases the risk of nail fungal infections...yuck!
Here's a couple of more things that I don't really care to elaborate on because it is time consuming and I'll only ending up saying something along the lines of "it's impractical and another way of gaining manattention."
- False Eyelashes
- Tattooed-On Makeup/ Eyebrows
- Waxing and/or Shaving Your Vag
- Waxing and/or Shaving Your Legs
- Waxing and/or Shaving Your Face Hair (Okay, I totally buy into this because I shouldn't have a thicker mustache or goatee than my husband. That's just too wrong.)
- Hair Extensions
- Dying Your Hair
- Dental Implants and/or Acrylics
- Painful, Uncomfortable, Push-Up Bras
- Spanx (or Girdles for you old-school folks)
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Eye Correction Surgery ( No more awkward glasses to get in the way of my man looking at my fake lashes!)
|Temperance in her Froo-Froo Finery!|
As always, I'm interested in your input. What, if anything, have you done (or felt pressured to do) to make yourself more attractive to others? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree with me (Keep in mind that I still have access to those Rabid Zombies from my earlier entry)?