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TOK - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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Lara K. Theory of Knowledge 11B 24th March 2008 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder The well-known quote, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" does not always apply to what factors people consider to be beautiful. Beauty is not defined by the opinions of individuals but by standards given by the society, media and movies. Even though everyone's definition of beauty is different, the influences from media can not be disregarded. The media, which somewhat reflects the society, has become an influential tool in shaping culture. Advertisements are the foundation for mass media; they sell images, values and success. Every day we are exposed to written and commercial advertisements. ...read more.


Media images can have a powerful effect on young women because they are extensively reinforced daily. The quote "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" indicates that everyone is beautiful in a unique way, depending on how others see them. A society sets certain standards of beauty which are ideal features that specifically women should possess in order to be classified as beautiful. In some western countries, it is considered ideal to have a thin physique, a certain color eyes, a specific hair color and to meet the set measurements of different body parts. These standards are then constantly reinforced by the media and usually have a negative affect on women in some societies because they have a strong desire to be beautiful. ...read more.


Instead of using the word "beauty," characteristics of beauty should be explained in detail so that the meaning is not so abstract. Components and details of a person's physical appearance can be described and is therefore more detailed then simply calling a person beautiful. The wide emphasis on beauty and perfection illustrated and promoted everywhere in our daily lives, from sitcoms and commercials to magazines and billboards is only a small reflection of a society's constant obsession with image and outer beauty. There seems to be no limit on how beautiful a person can be and specifically the constant exploitation of women effects society in negative ways. The standards of beauty and the "ideal" features that a woman should possess are given by the media and society. Word Count - 618 ...read more.

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