It’s time for August McLaughlin’s second Beauty of a Woman blogfest!
In case you missed it last year, it’s an event designed to celebrate beauty, however you define it.
I like to think of beauty as something sparkly within us, an inner beauty kind of thing.
But we live in a society where the media often portrays beauty as a surface thing, something based on a scientific balance of pleasing eye symmetries, body measurement ratios, color palettes and potions. Anything that doesn’t fit into that is ignored, discarded or carefully airbrushed into compliance.
Even if you don’t subscribe to that, it’s hard to argue that appearance doesn’t matter.
I watched a social experiment on TV a couple of weeks ago. Katie Couric sent a woman out on the street to ask for directions. The first time she went out, she was in full makeup and all dressed up.
This beauty had no problem getting where she needed to go.
She received a lot of attention. One passerby even said, I’m buying whatever you’re selling.
Then, the same woman went out a second time to ask for directions. Only this time, she dressed down in comfy clothes, without makeup.
This beauty didn’t get very far.
She didn’t get much help. In fact, she was mostly ignored.
So if surface chic gets immediate acceptance and preferential treatment, how do you NOT obsess over looks? How do you reconcile the inner definition of beauty with the outer standard?
I’m not sure. But I do think it’s important to take care of the inner beauty–our attitude, emotions, feelings, and spirituality. Make time for a little heart and soul primping.
Because what we focus on grows.
What do you think?
Be sure to check out more BOAW blogfest posts this Friday, February 22nd, at August’s site (and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out August’s debut thriller, In Her Shadow).
All participants and commenters will be entered into the prize drawing to win win a Kindle Fire or equivalent Amazon gift card. The more blogs you visit, the greater your chances become.
Have a happy weekend!
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