The Feminine Beauty Ideal

26 Mar

While writing the past couple of posts, it has occurred to me that no beauty-whatever bloggy thing can be complete without at least a short discussion on feminine beauty ideals. The “feminine beauty ideal,” these smarty pants sum up, is the “…socially constructed notion that physical attractiveness is one of women’s most important assets, and is something all women should try to achieve and maintain” (711). This is a broad description, and it is understood by us and scholars alike that there are many paradoxes within the reasons why women (and men for that manner) strive to or uphold a standard of grooming or beauty. There are also many standards of beauty ideals.

And now onto hur.

I hate to admit it, but I feel like I have to have manageable hair. To be fair, my loosely curly/wavy hair is completely manageable, but I do not feel my best if I haven’t tamed it a bit with the ghd classic flat iron.

ghd Classic styler

Do I feel like it seems more professional? Yes. Do I do it I have to do it though because of society? Maybe. I don’t like to make my hair stick straight as it feels unnatural for me (see Garance Dore’s piece on her then stick straight hair), I just like to pull the ghd (the Rolls-Royce of flat irons in my opinion) through my naturally driedĀ tousled hair to get it a bit smoother and flatter.

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One Response to “The Feminine Beauty Ideal”

  1. fabrikreklame May 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    Ah thanks! Please link me to your blog!

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