Beauty: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

 

Women in particular, in the western world, are taught to relate your work and your value to your beauty.

Jess Weiner Cultural expert
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Beauty: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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According to myth, Helen of Troy was “the face that launched a thousand ships” — her abduction having incited the Trojan War. Most of us can only dream of inspiring such passion, though studies show American women will spend over $200,000 on cosmetics in their lifetimes, and plastic surgeons report they are seeing “catapulting demand for facial plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures.” Are there risks associated with putting such a high premium on beauty, particularly in the age of social media? ​What happens to our psyches when we stare at ourselves on a screen all day? And what the heck is “snapchat dysmorphia” anyway?

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