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The Struggles of Womanhood

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Women's Strike for Peace-And Equality, Women's Strike for Equality, Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, August 26, 1970. (Photo by Eugene Gordon/The New York Historical Society/Getty Images)

Women's Strike for Peace-And Equality, Women's Strike for Equality, Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, August 26, 1970. (Photo by Eugene Gordon/The New York Historical Society/Getty Images)

Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Collection of the New-York Historical Society

Women's Strike for Peace-And Equality, Women's Strike for Equality, Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, August 26, 1970. (Photo by Eugene Gordon/The New York Historical Society/Getty Images)

Aliya Lewis, Opinion Writer

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Why is it socially acceptable for girls with a “skinny”, “thin” or all around smaller body frame to wear different types of clothing, but when a girl with a “thicker”, “curvier”, “plus sized” or generally larger body shape wears the same type of clothing, she is looked down upon and shamed for showing too much skin or being “too provocative or sexual?” In today’s society, women are held under a scrutinizingly close watch when it comes to every aspect of their lives. Whether it is what they wear, what they say, the way they act, or the people they associate with. The sad truth is that women are naturally judged on a daily basis, no matter what they do. There are so many “rules” that come along with being a woman; it’s a part of everyday life for every girl or woman. Society has created so many stipulations for your appearance

A woman is told from a young age that she must always look a certain way, act a certain way and most importantly present herself the way a lady should. When you were younger, you believed it was just your mother or the womanly figure in your life being overly strict for no reason, but for every woman there is a turning point when she, as a young girl, realizes that not only were all those things constantly said true, but there is a never-ending competition between all women for who is better. No matter what, women are constantly competing for the title of prettiest, smartest, funniest, most successful, best figure, etc.. All of these titles are based off someone who society and the media deems to be “perfect” in that specific category.

Women are constantly striving to meet these standards and goals set by society. There are countless diets, supplements, workouts, and alternative sources that promise to remove body fat, shrink waist sizes, and give women the perfect figure. There are so many things advertised that are created to change or “enhance” a woman’s physical appearance. Society has brainwashed women into believing that they have to look a certain way or they are inadequate or not good enough.

There are over sixty-five makeup brands in the United States and together those companies have created over one thousand and fifty products; not including the companies that create makeup specifically targeting children between the ages of three and thirteen. Over one thousand and fifty products that promise to make women “beautiful”. Over one thousand and fifty products that promise to get rid of imperfection, cover flaws, hide insecurities, and most importantly, make you “pretty”.

Women are constantly put in a position of inequality among each other and put in a position that causes them to a have a feeling of inadequacy. As women, we are taught that we must uphold the image of a “perfect woman;” a ladylike figure of excellence. Society has a strict set of rules and conditions that need to be followed with precision to be branded as beautiful in today’s day and age, but they are constantly changing and evolving depending on the celebrities and influencers in today’s society. This creates added struggles for women in their daily lives. They now have to uphold a career and pursue an education if they don’t already have one, on top of any additional struggles they have to face while also having to conform their personal image to fit into the small slot that society deems acceptable for women to look like.

https://www.quora.com/Does-shape-and-size-matter-for-a-woman

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-houghton/dress-code-discrimination_b_1173582.html

http://eastsidenews.org/2014/11/dress-code-discrimination-of-girls-in-public-schools/

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/29/health/weight-discrimination-obesity-trump/index.html

http://www.directcosmetics.com/shop/category/a-z-make-up

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/sneaky-ways-advertisers-target-kids

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