I know that this has been the norm from the mid 20th century but the pressures are becoming greater. Along with the money-making fashion, diet and make-up industries all scaring young ones into parting with cash to desperately fit in, there are new 'imperfections' being created all the time.
The cosmetic surgery industry cashed in with telling women that their breasts were too big, too small and/or not the right shape. They also told them that their lips were too skinny, their eyebrows too bushy and their foreheads wrinkled. The hair industry has for years been telling them that their hair is too straight, too curly, not blonde enough, too long, too short or too dull - enough to make it impossible to score a boyfriend.
(Teenage boys however don't see it this way. Their ideal 'woman' is something like this.):
The porn industry has a lot to answer for of course and especially when it comes to young women's body image. Apparently now pubic hair is considered disgusting and 'unnatural' so has to be waxed, shaved, plucked etc. otherwise girls won't get boyfriends.
This of course bolsters the waxing and shaving industries but also those cosmetic surgery bastards as depilation has uncovered, shock/horror - the vulva! These, previously pretty much hidden were now becoming more and more noticed. In the interests of scaring impressionable young women into parting with more cash the industries (porn and cosmetic surgery) seem to have defined what is the perfect labia.
Needless to say, over 90% of young women don't fit the 'ideal' so labial reconstructive surgery was invented and is one of the fastest growing procedures in the cosmetic industry.
I recently read that now, in addition to worrying about their height, their weight, their breasts, their lips, their hair and their labia, that young women need to be aware of the thigh gap. They have to have one apparently because of course all the skinny 'super models' (how I hate that term) have them.
Girls I guess can never measure up to the 'ideal' that they are setting for themselves and being set for them and if they do I'm sure some bastard image industry gurus will invent something else for them to be ashamed of.
|Average real young American on right; Barbie on left|