Tuesday, May 13, 2008

#17: Being Ugly

I'll admit it. I'm ugly. Not hideous or anything.
Terribly plain perhaps. If I were a dog, my master would
shave my butt and make me walk backwards. (Okay, it's an old adage, but you get the picture.)

It's taken a lot of time, but I'm learning to come to grips with being ugly. It's not easy...especially in a world that treats pretty people so differently. And I have a problem with that. I mean, it's not like they did anything to be beautiful. Either you're born with it...or you're not. Sure, you can get your teeth straightened and whitened...you can get $400 haircuts that "accentuate your features", wear designer fashions, but all of that is worthless if you've got nothing to work with. And don't tell me that plastic surgery can make you beautiful. It can't. Perhaps it can improve on some things, but man is not capable of making an ugly woman beautiful with nothing more than a knife, a laser or some injections.

And let me add, I almost NEVER use the word "beautiful" to describe a person's looks anyway. Simply because I think someone has to be pretty remarkable to be considered "beautiful." Probably less than one half of 1% of the world is "beautiful"...in my humble opinion.

So why then do we treat the beautiful people so differently? If 99.5% of us are not beautiful, why don't we consider the "beautiful people" the oddballs? I say, "Ugly people unite!" It's time we took control of the magazine covers, TV shows and billboards! It's time ugly became the new "beautiful!" Ha!

Let's be honest: Yeah, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It used to be that the standard for beauty was different, depending on where you are in the world. But more and more, the world has adopted the "western" idea of beauty. If you're beautiful in Sri Lanka, you're beautiful in Iowa, etc. But it's silly that we, as a culture, give privileges to the beautiful that the vast majority of the world doesn't have access to. And it's a shame that we ugly people are denied certain privileges, even courtesies, just because we've got "bad genes." C'mon. How shallow is that?

Being ugly: You Suck.


beverly8 said...

think of it this way. if the beautiful person starts to rely on their looks (not all do, but a lot do) to get things in life, when their looks fade they take it a lot worse. its a hard and sad fall from glory.
after all, you cant make a kid cry by taking away their lollypop, unless you give them one first :))

Monique said...

Oh gahhh that dog needs a make-over, poor ugly ass thing! I'm JOKING. I would probably adore him.

L- ugly as the new beautiful - uh oh it's a movement !!

Now now, don't you mean to say - "Beauty, you suck" ?

Oh and I've been saving this to show you... Another thing that sucks - tip jars (or cans) at drive thru windows. I mean C'MON...

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Paz said...

I was so ugly as a child they had to tie a pork chop around my neck to get the dog to play with me.