By Alisha Dziennik
“If you weren’t born with it
You can buy a couple ornaments”
In today’s culture, it is important to have a thigh gap and skinny waist among other “appearance ideals”. Bottle cap wrists and perfect hair are a necessity. At age eleven, some kids are dying their hair to be “pretty”. What happened to being a child?
“You can always call up a professional
They stick pins in you like a vegetable”
Plastic surgery and implants make everything changeable. So many parts of your body can be “fixed”, but what about the part of you that no amount of scalpels or needles will ever reach? What about you’re soul? What about that child you use to be before all these things needed to be changed about yourself?
“Don’t be dramatic it’s only some plastic
No one will love you if you’re unattractive”
“Be yourself” we’re told, but when we try, the words change, “Look like this.. Try our new products.. Just a little tweak here..” Yet, when woman go through with Botox, they are still teased for “looking fake”. They suddenly become monsters because they followed the advice of everyone around them.
“Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me
Is it true that pain is beauty?
Does a new face come with a warranty?
Will a pretty face make it better?”
“Too much is never enough.” So where’s our limit then? What happened to the times when being real was attractive? Now, it’s all about how many changes can be made..
“Oh, you’re a bit thick, aren’t you? You should eat less..” “Oh, you’re so skinny. You need to learn to eat more.” “You’re too curvy.” “You have no curves to your body.” Nothing is ever enough.
Diet pills and lack of eating, surgeries and implants, hair dye and fake tans… What else can we come up with to fix ourselves?
Images all over the world are changed to create this “perfect” form. Standards are set that cannot be met, yet people starve themselves to become what everyone wants.
“When little girls grow into their mother’s face
But little girls are learning how to cut and paste
And pucker up their lips until they suffocate”
I have seen third grade girls caking their faces with makeup to fit the standards. Not even nine years old, they still feel the need to be perfect. What happened to childhood?
Children should be outside, climbing trees and playing tag. Children should not be locked in their rooms, caking their faces with makeup and starving themselves to fit impossible images.
Oh dear, have I said too much? Is this crossing a line? Maybe there never should have been a line to be crossed to begin with. Get rid of all these standards, show your kids it’s okay to not be “perfect”, do things for you and not for society’s benefit. Your curves are beautiful. Your lack of curves is beautiful too. Your freckles are beautiful. Your pale complexion is beautiful. Your dark complexion is just as beautiful. You are beautiful in every sense of the word.
Song: Mrs. Potato Head by Melanie Martinez