“Mom, why doesn’t anybody like me?” asks a teenage daughter on any sitcom ever.
“Well, sweetie,” says the mother as she sits them both on the probably beige couch, “maybe because you’ve been trying so hard lately. You don’t normally wear these clothes or such heavy makeup, do you?”
“No, I guess not,” says the daughter. “I just wanted to be like the popular girls in school. They always get all the attention!”
“Now, you listen to me. All those other kids? They don’t know what they’re missing out on,” says the mother. “Think about all your friends who like you just the way you are.”
Tune into a family sitcom, and I guarantee you will catch that scene at some point. It’s the job of sitcoms to portray everyday struggles and to teach us how to deal with them.
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I get your point with the photoshop aspect of beauty, but the lyric "don't need makeup to cover up, being the way that you are is enough" is a much touchier subject. It might not be essential for some girls, but for girls who have horrendous acne, burns, etc. it is vital to being able to get through the day. Making yourself feel better about your insecurities isn't a bad thing, and it it happens to be makeup that makes a girl feel better, she shouldn't have to feel bad about it.
You definitely bring up a good point, but it’s a little different than what I was trying to say.
My article’s goal was to hope that one day girls can look at magazines without judging their own bodies.
Magazines have a responsibility to their readers: to protect their self-esteem, self-worth and self-image. Not everyone looks like a model. But by using more “real” photos, girls will feel better about themselves in comparison.
Your point is speaking more to a whole other issue, it sounds like. I’m not debating 1D’s lyrics and if they apply to every single girl in the world. In general though, the message they’re trying to send does apply to most people - and it’s not a bad message, to boot.
Shout out to my boys in One Direction for the following lyrics:
Don’t know what for,
You’re turning heads when you walk through the door,
Don’t need makeup,
To cover up,
Being the way that you are is enough.”
When I first heard their song “What Makes You Beautiful” (hereinafter, WMYB), I wasn’t really buying into what they were saying. The whole song sounded like a vague attempt to flatter a girl just to get into her consenting pants.
(This is not a critique of boy bands’ lyrics. I’m sorry I ever heard Nick Carter sing “If you want it to be good girl, get yourself a bad boy” as a 6-year-old.)