Women and Beauty Standards

How many times have we, women heard that beauty is identified with a slim body, white skin, long legs, and long hair? In the social environment, families and the general public are now starting to form a standard of beauty in the form of a physical definition which ultimately inevitably makes women try to “meet” these standards. The phenomenon of the standard of beauty is partly due to the assumption that beautiful women are physically perfect women and have attractiveness in the eyes of men. However, is that true?

Beauty Standards Change The Mindset of Some Women

Some of us women really try to create a beautiful perception in the eyes of others. However, unfortunately many are too focused on improving the physical appearance and ignore other things. On the basis of physical improvement, many women are willing to go on a diet program. Starting from using supplement meticore or doing the mayo diet, the OCD diet, and other types of strict diets. A study states that someone who is on a diet that is too strict, cognitively they will think more often about food, tend to want to eat more often and eat out of control.

In a further study it was explained that the diet because it wants to meet the standards of physical beauty also contributes to psychological problems among adolescent girls.

Beauty Is Not Just About Physical Appearance

Beauty is not born singly, but as a whole, a series or combination of several factors, whether physical, mental, financial, or spiritual. By interpreting this, beauty should not be viewed from one side only. Beauty in general is a perception that creates a sense of pleasure. If we continue to make pleasures external then (maybe) our beauty depends on what other people perceive of us. If so, then beauty will emerge as a result of other people’s perceptions of us and not the perceptions we appear as a strong self-image. In fact, it is precisely with a strong self-image that we will be able to cause feelings of pleasure so that eventually it radiates out / other people. Therefore, we need to change the mindset that feeling good about ourselves is the first thing that must be worked on. Feeling good about yourself can be done by accepting yourself completely with a realistic view of yourself and your potential. That way, we will feel satisfied with ourselves, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. We also do not feel insecure if we have shortcomings, because acceptance of ourselves includes accepting our own shortcomings.

Beauty standards that do not humanize us as women, we should leave. Beauty shouldn’t be torturous. Beauty is about accepting ourselves completely. Beauty is about how we perceive ourselves. Then, why care about the perceptions of other people or even foreigners? Beauty should be seen in a broader spectrum. Beauty does not have to be identified with white skin or a thin body. We have been created with perfect proportions, all we need to do is try to be the best human according to our respective versions.