This is a decent subject to examine particularly now since the notoriety of all the make-over shows. I have forever been interested regarding the reason why individuals, for the most part ladies, have this thought that they are supposed to look a specific way to “fit in” with society. We as a whole might want to accept that curious saying, “outward appeal depends on individual preference viewer”, yet how valid and significant is that state when the spectator has been conditioned, in a manner of speaking, into buying into the conviction that excellence is the fake look we see on marvelousness mags, in TV plugs, and, surprisingly, in certain kids’ books? For quite a while, that picture has comprised chiefly of white ladies and the “white norm of excellence”.
I chose to take this inquiry of plastic medical procedure and the quest for magnificence and perceive what it can mean for certain ladies in the African-American people group. As indicated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, African-Americans make up just 6% of plastic medical procedure patients. Why would that be? Do African-American ladies have a more certain self/self-perception or is it that many can’t bear the cost of it? What’s more, for the 6% who in all actuality do have a medical procedure, to which standard of excellence would beauty they say they were attempting desire?
I decided to begin my quest for the white norm of magnificence in 1960. I picked that year in light of the fact that at that point, a TV show was broadcasting that tried to show moral and cultural examples through fantastical stories.
Two episodes of this show were exceptionally telling and prophetic, and the two of them managed how society saw excellence and the assumptions put on ladies to be “delightful”.
That show was, The Twilight Zone.
Magnificence in 1960…
Pole Serling offered us a story of delights and monsters in episode #42 entitled: Eye of the Beholder.
Here is a short outline of the show I found at The Twilight Zone Guide:
Janet Tyler restlessly anticipates the result of her most recent medical procedure. Janet, who’s unusual face has made her a pariah, has had her 11th emergency clinic visit – the most extreme permitted by the State. On the off chance that it didn’t succeed, she will be shipped off live in a town where others of her sort are isolated. As her wraps are eliminated, she is uncovered to be extremely gorgeous. The specialist moves back with sickening apprehension. As the lights come on we see the others, their appearances are distorted and disfigured. As Janet runs from her room crying, she runs into one more of her sort, an attractive man named Walter Smith. He is responsible for a pariah town, and he guarantees her that she will ultimately feel she has a place. He advises her to recollect the familiar adage: “Outward appeal depends on individual preference viewer.”
Albeit the show was recorded clearly, we can obviously see that Ms. Tyler is Caucasian. The specialists seem to have hazier skin, in any case, the thought here was that the watchers sympathized with Ms. Tyler since she was the exemplary blonde, thin excellence usually found in 1960’s style magazines.
As the show shuts, the storyteller talks:
“Presently the inquiries that ring a bell. Where is this spot and when is it, what sort of world where grotesqueness is the standard and magnificence the deviation from that standard? The response is, it has no effect. Since the familiar adage is valid. Attractiveness is entirely subjective viewer, in this year or 100 years subsequently, on this planet or any place there is human existence, maybe out among the stars. Attractiveness is entirely subjective viewer. Illustration to be learned…in the Twilight Zone.”
1964: The Standard Continues
Episode #137, in Season Five, is classified, “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You”, and was adjusted by a brief tale called “The Beautiful People”. In this episode, we meet Marilyn, a young lady who is going to go through a transitional experience locally. This ceremony is classified “The Transformation” and it expects residents to pick among a few models of bodies into which they will be changed. The message here is that this general public just sees one norm of excellence and that one won’t be blissful except if they look and act very much like every other person. Opening Narration:
“Allowed the opportunity, what little kid couldn’t joyfully trade a plain face for a beautiful one? What young lady could reject the chance to be lovely? For need of a superior gauge, we should call it the year 2000. In any event, a period in the future when science has fostered a method for giving everybody the face and body he longs for. It may not occur tomorrow- – however it happens now, in the Twilight Zone.”
Yet again the delightful individuals are white and we see no ladies or men of variety. What was this episode attempting to inform individuals of color concerning excellence? The end portrayal:
Representation of a young woman in adoration – with herself. Implausible? Maybe. Be that as it may, during a time of plastic medical procedure, lifting weights, and a boundlessness of beauty care products, let us wonder whether or not to say unthinkable. These and other bizarre endowments might be holding up from now on – which all things considered, is the Twilight Zone.”