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[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 7th, 2006 - 06:42 pm (Link)
My instinct, based on where I can see my previous attitudes are coming from, is that a lot of people have, at best, no appreciation of their appearance, if not an outright negative one. It beomces easier, then, to declare themselvs "beyond" such common vanity and boost themselves up by lumping together anyone who puts effort into looking good as shallow and superficial.

That's actually a good way of summing up my feelings, more or less. I'm not absolutely in a greement, but I'm maybe 90% there. I think people who feel they aren't "one of the beautiful" reject it as an ideal because its easier than believing something is wrong with them. To me, that is just as wrong as the jocks and cheerleaders rejecting the nerds for their geekiness and intelligence. I'm not saying that beauty is more important than intelligence. I'm saying both are valuable and I'm saying that there is nothing wrong with aspiring to both (nor is there anything wrong with achieving neither).
[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: July 7th, 2006 - 08:57 pm (Link)
Absolutely. That's what I'm learning in my own way as well. I mean there are definitely people out there who simply don't care, but they also generally don't turn that into active disregard.

I can also imagine, in our society at least, that you'll find the attitude in guys more often that girls. We often go beyond simply not teaching guys to reconize what makes them attractive into, really, discouraging it in many ways.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 7th, 2006 - 09:13 pm (Link)
probably. Of course, the PC feminist thing is to teach girls that it shouldn't matter either. I, on the other hand, am anything but PC.
[User Picture]From: pyrtolin Date: July 7th, 2006 - 09:56 pm (Link)
Yeah, that's really a shame, because it just spreads the problem instead of encouraging people to figure out what they enjoy for themselves.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: July 8th, 2006 - 07:08 am (Link)
yeah... I have a lot of problems with organized feminism for that reason. I sort of agree with a lot of the ideals but disagree with a lot of the conclusions reached from them. I feel the same way about a lot of political groups actually. From megaparties like the Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians down to special interest groups like GLAAD, the NRA or the NAACP. That's probably part of the reason that I hate organized politics so much.

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