ThereÃÂs no denying it -- everyone wants to be beautiful. A simple flip through any magazine confirms this as beauty ads for new hair products, cosmetics, and fashion fill every other page. However, beauty is not free, as it comes with a hefty price. Beauty causes people to suffer, so much so, that in the most extreme cases, the pursuit of beauty can be considered torture. Through looking at the evolution of beauty as well as a few authorÃÂs opinions of the subject matter, it will become clear just how much of a burden beauty really is.
ÃÂBeauty is in the eye of the beholderÃÂ is a common saying that holds true in all senses. Beauty has evolved dramatically, and what was once considered beautiful is now passÃÂ©. According to ÃÂA Wound in the FaceÃÂ by Angela Carter, the application of makeup has evolved from a layer almost an inch thick, to none at all, and even to small floral designs.
Carter also comments that beauty is forever changing in an almost cyclic pattern: ÃÂlike fashion and clothes, fashion and faces have been stuck in pastiche for the past four or five years. This bankruptcy is disguised by ever more ingenious pastiche of the thirtyÃÂs, the fortyÃÂs, the fiftyÃÂs, the Middle East, Xanadu, and Wessex knows smocks.ÃÂ However, even though beauty has changed dramatically, one thing remain consistent -- the fact that beauty is a huge burden.
According to Susan BrownmillerÃÂs ÃÂFemininityÃÂ, beauty causes women to become ÃÂinferiorÃÂ to men. This is because societyÃÂs expectations require that a ÃÂbeautiful womanÃÂ focus solely on love: ÃÂA requirement of femininity is that a woman devote her life to loveÃÂto mother love, to romantic love, to religious love, to amorphous, undifferentiated caring.ÃÂ The fact that women must devote their lives to love...