Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What Makes a Woman Beautiful?

This is Margie at 61 (and me at 200): Simple, elegant, straightforward, beautiful.
" ... women are bombarded with pressure and images from the media and the fashion industry that call into question self-image and prompt comparison to perceived norms. The worst offenders are magazines written and edited for women by women. Time for an injection of feminism and realism into the female run fashion media."

This quote is from a man who responded to a Facebook post--by a woman, Andrea Pflaumer, writing to an audience of older women. The article (here) explained how Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are "Two divine women. No wild outfits. No heavy make-up or plastic surgery. They simply inspire our admiration and grab our attention because of who they are."

I won't argue with that description at all. And I do believe it is not men who push women toward artificiality, but women's media, which has a huge stake in makeup, cosmetic surgery, clothes and do-dads that create perceptions that rarely border on anything real. It is about money--as is nearly everything. But money can't buy what the best women have, inner beauty.


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