Beyond the Handsome Suit

Challenging the myth of the perfect body
Apr 03, 2024
Beyond the Handsome Suit

Hey there! I was just sitting here, minding my own business, when I started daydreaming about this magical suit from a movie I saw. It's called "The Handsome Suit" (a 2008 Japanese film) and it's basically a skin-tight onesie that transforms you into a total hottie! I mean, talk about a quick and easy way to meet societal beauty standards, am I right?

But, all jokes aside, it got me thinking about how much pressure men face to look a certain way. I mean, it's not just women who are bombarded with unrealistic beauty expectations. And, with the rise of social media, it's only getting worse. It's easy to get caught up in the filtered, perfect lives we see online, but it's important to remember that what we see on social media isn't always reality.

First, let's talk about how beauty standards vary across cultures and time periods. For example, in South Africa, there is a strong desire for Eurocentric features, while in the Philippines, there was once a desire for golden brown skin, but after colonization, brown Filipinos and Indians were ridiculed, leading to a desire for lighter skin and Eurocentric features. It's fascinating how these ideals can change over time and how they are influenced by various factors.

In current times we are surrounded by the media and its role in shaping beauty standards. For example, let's take a quick look at South Korea and we see that K-pop has become a global phenomenon, and the idolization of South Korean pop culture has helped to redefine ideal male beauty standards in many Asian countries. However, these standards often differ from traditional Asian and Western ideals. In Asia, for example, flamboyant soft masculinity is desired, whereas in Western standards, there is more of an emphasis on being muscular.

But here's the thing: these unrealistic beauty standards can have a significant impact on mental health and self-esteem. The pressure to conform to these ideals can lead to extreme measures, such as extreme dieting, over-exercising, body enhancements and plastic surgery. I'm sure we've all felt the pressure to look a certain way at some point in our lives, and it's important to remember that these ideals are often unattainable and that it's okay to be different.

In reality, we don't need a magical suit to feel good about ourselves. And we definitely don't need to go under the knife to meet some unrealistic beauty standard. Sure, plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are becoming more common and it can become handy at times, but it's important to remember that everyone is unique and should be accepted for who they are.

That's why it's so important to challenge these societal expectations and work towards a more inclusive and realistic representation of male and female beauty. We need to encourage body positivity and support for men who are struggling with mental health and body image issues. And you know what? Seeking help and support when needed, and being true to oneself, are crucial steps towards self-acceptance and self-worth.

So, let's all take a deep breath, give ourselves a little pep talk, and remember that we're all pretty fine just the way we are. And, if you're still feeling down about yourself, just remember: you could always try to find a "handsome suit" of your own.

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