Beauty Standards

Whose beauty standards are you measuring by?

Beauty describes a wide range of looks and experiences. As we grow into adults, we begin to shape and often redefine what is and is not beautiful. Hopefully, we lose the idea that fashion and weight make someone beautiful. We start to apply the idea of beauty to things other than people- the arts, nature, architecture, the sleekness of a car, a plate of colorfully arranged food.

It can be hard. Even when we think we’ve rooted out old ideas about beauty, we still find ourselves conforming to them sometimes. We decide to believe that the weight that sits naturally around our hips is beautiful, then we step into a clothing store and lose all that confidence. We admire the laugh lines around a dear friend’s eyes and then panic at the first sign of our own wrinkles. We commit to recognizing the natural beauty in aging and wonder if we can pluck out our grey hairs.

What hidden standards are stubbornly hiding in your own psyche? Share in the comments!

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About Melissa ra Karit

I'm a queer, poly, genderqueer Witch. I'm a sex-positive feminist, an activist, and a writer. I believe that when we attend to our individual good, we approach the world with good in our hearts and change the world for the better. Opinions expressed here are solely my personal opinions, and do not represent the views of any organization with which I am affiliated.
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