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by Rana Lo., Egypt Jan 11, 2005
Human Rights   Opinions


Inside or Outside? In a world which regards appearances as a free ticket to get anywhere, do anything, and be anyone, the number of women undergoing cosmetic surgery is increasing. I guess the idea "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" has become outdated, huh?

The media contradicts itself; one time you find programs and articles on the danger of these kinds of surgeries, yet other TV shows and magazines promote them and even ask the reader to enter a contest, and who knows, they might be lucky winners of this “makeover” for free.

Ok, so a woman has undergone this whole thing, now what about its aftermath? Would she still feel and be the person that she was or would she be too conscious about how she looks now? In other words, maybe she'd start having second thoughts about her work, husband, kids, and friends. Now that she is beautiful, why live with that old hag? Leave him for a more handsome man to look better in the eyes of society.

As for the kids, oh they are too demanding and since I am beautiful now I don’t want anything to back me up from my career. My friends aren't as beautiful as I am so I should dump them for better looking ones.

Maybe I am being too dramatic, but women should take a stand and make people accept the way they are and the way they look. They should let people know, ‘I don’t want to be judged for the way I look.’

In Egypt, (I’m sorry to say) no veiled women are allowed to appear on TV as a presenter. She could be interviewed but no more than that.

Is this fair? Aren't they judging women by the way they look? Should she have yellow dyed hair, red lipstick, and wear tight short clothes in order to appear on TV? It doesn't make sense. Now there are private owned satellite channels in which veiled women can work at, but what about the local channels?

Let me point out another important aspect. When the youth watch how people emphasize appearances and the programs that promote this idea, then we are raising a superficial generation whose sole interest is on how they look. Personality or character no longer counts. Then the society will be divided into people who emphasize on looks, and others who will become self-conscious and depressed because they wanted to be accepted for who they are.

I hope that I could give my kids a world that would appreciate and cherish the way they are and not the way they look. Life is stressful enough.



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Rana Lo.

Poetry, to me, is a way to express my deepest feelings and thoughts. Sometimes I can't tell others how I feel so I write it down. In the beginning my poetry mainly revolved around love and heartbreak but now (I think) I've matured and try to generalize my topics. Can't wait for your comments and feedback!

Jessie Ngaio | Feb 16th, 2005
Totally :)

nice thoughts!
Pink Rain | Mar 11th, 2005
You are so true. We live in a vain world where outward appearance seems an important measurement of one's totality. Tons of efforts are being exerted on making the outside beautiful. But what about the inside?

media influence
Joegie Saavedra | Mar 12th, 2005
because that what media tells us to look like. that beatiful and being sexy and is good. but this thing really degraded woman coz what they pointed in her is woman are just beauty in which woman can do other things. beside being beautiful is very subjective. like in my country philippines being white are beatiful and women are crazy having their skin white its because that what media say white is beautiful. but to western country brown skin is nice. i think woman should act and show to the world that we can do better then being vain. that no matter what you wear, color, etc etc we are still beautiful. we should also shape media and i believe the youth are the one who can make and unmake this situation.

My Opinion/Perspective
Fried Chicken | Mar 14th, 2005
I think that nobody, men or women, should be judged by the way they look. Everyone is born different, and therefore the world is unique and distinct, and nobody should feel ashamed of the way they look. The media also has a lot of influence on the way the people look and think about each other, the media tends to give a image of men being strong and handsome, and women being attractive and beautiful. People sees the media as a general way of life, expection or standard and starts comparing other people to the "standard" of the media. I think that is wrong, nobody should be judged by the way they look, or their outsides, but rather be judged for their insides. Beauty doesn't come in the form of outward appearance but rather how they are inside, so I think that men and women should not be put down because of the way they look and there is no need to get plastic surgery, and ect... The bottom line is, no matter how someone looks, its how they are in the inside that really counts.

Mitigate the hysteria
Not entered | Mar 30th, 2005
"Maybe I am being too dramatic" says Lotfy, I say there is no maybe about it. There can be no way around it, one of the defining aspects of civilization is its appreciation for art and beauty. Civilization is roughly 5000 years old now, and as long as there has been civilization there has been art, and what is art if not the idealization of forms? People, through art and philosophy, have been preoccupied with notions of perfection and how they manifested themselves in ideas as well as objects (think of Plato's Theory of Forms for example). People have always been drawn to the beautiful just as they have always been repulsed by the unattractive; Lotfy encourages people to "take a stand" and refuse to be judged by physical appearances, but it is something we do every day. I completely agree that no one should be judged simply by their physical appearance but it seems to be inherent in us. The supermarket polishes its fruit and raises its prices knowing that people will spend the few extra cents on a more attractive fruit, in the same way a restaurant owner knows he will attract more customers if he gives his establishment a "face lift" and it has been proven that a more attractive person has a better chance of landing a job during an interview. It is really no wonder plastic surgery is booming, but I think that if it were available in ancient times it would have been just as popular as it is today. I hardly think that the situation is bad enough to warrant saying that a nose job would push a woman to such heights of vanity that she’d quit her job and abandon her family.

Thomas Ronald Shotwell | Jul 12th, 2005
could you be any more corect? I work in the healthcare field and i can not understand the notion of changing your aperence so much, just to appear beutiful? Your personality is your best asset, not your face. thank you for this very truthful article.

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