Thursday, April 24, 2008
I had a pedicure yesterday. To those who know me very well, this is no lie. I have the baby soft heels to prove it.
There were four of us in the “feet area” – age range 20’s to 70’s. Two of the ladies were later escorted to other rooms to have further essential (and mysterious!) things done to their bodies.
I know this is all about taking care of one’s body but as I pondered what went on in those other rooms, this unsettling thought came to me.
Women endure a great deal of pain-in-the-a** “work” done in order to appear attractive and presentable to society. And in terms of attracting a mate for breeding purposes, some of this work makes sense. Such a phenomenon occurs in nature as well.
But the list of torturous activities is mind-boggling - waxing, bleaching, liposuction, botox, hair dye (mea culpa), laser surgery, electrolysis...
If taken to the extreme, what have you got? A female who (with the exception of that dyed and styled hairdo) is absolutely hairless (and I mean everywhere), wrinkle and spot free with pouty lips and smooth soft skin.
In essence, you have a prepubescent female!! (With breasts, of course.)
This is the ultimate goal for women to attain??
Who is responsible for creating such an unnatural standard of attractiveness? And while many women apparently strive for it, I have to wonder if men actually are attracted to such a female ideal. That seems a little kinky…
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a little pampering (the leg massage that was part and parcel of the pedicure was heaven) and I do believe in appearing presentable and well-groomed (despite my own feeble attempts) but I believe society has gone too far. An unrealistic ideal of the ultimate attractive female has been created. Somehow, letting nature take its course has become obsolete and unacceptable.
I’m out of the running – by choice. And this provides me with the freedom to occasionally display a little stubble on the legs.
Hey, men display 5 o’clock shadow and no one objects!