I am unsure. I was just recently confronted with a fine piece of periodical literature. Quick question to all the women who may or may not read this blog. As well as you, ask your friends, as as many women as you can the following question, so that I can have a perceived answer…
Well, first some background. I mean, you got a little background, but nothing mind blowing. Everyone hold on to your colostomy bags! I was… oh, wait, it’s a boring story. I was reading an article from Cornell’s website. From an article I gleaned that Historian and erstwhile authoress of such books as “The Body Project” and “Fasting Girls”, Dr. Joan Jacobs Brumberg was lamenting the idea that women have gone from striving for “good works” to satisfying themselves with “good looks”. She wonders why, in a rhetorical way that leads me to believe that if I read her books, I’ll know the answer. Well, I had a theory and one that doesn’t involve amazon.com
Do you suppose women, after certain cultural milestone, like universal suffrage and whatever it was bra-burning achieved, rested on a cultural pedestal and moved on to good looks. Not as a replacement, but as a next step. When any cultural has achieved its needs, then moves on to its WANTS. Not literal wants, just the frivolity of a culture bypasses its needs at a certain progression. (spoilers, I think this is the cause of the inflated, or rather deflated image of women in media…)
I was curious if this is a cause, that is exacerbated by media stereotyping. That a woman is defined by her looks and not her works (with few, but notable exceptions) or perhaps the entire situation is created and driven by a male run hygiene and beauty industry.
That seems really paranoid, and it also seems less likely that all of a gender would be corralled and manhandled by perceived public pressure. But what do I know? I’m a socially absent, middle class guy. I could just be barking up the wrong tree.
I’m also tempted to point out that this is the woman who thinks we shouldn’t focus on looks:
But that just seems inflammatory considering I agree with pretty much everything she says, and I’m no prize peach myself…