(Original post by Jak_)
If a woman covers herself properly to save herself from the lustful gazes of men, she is oppressed. But if she wears next to nothing, and is degraded to the level of a commercial product where beauty, fashion and diet industries exploit her, she is free.
A woman wearing head to toe covering or even being made by law to cover her hair is not covering herself properly, it is discrimination against women and in the more extreme cases oppression, not proper behaviour. Some women in Britain are conned into spending more money than they should on beauty, but that's a matter of opinion. If they wish to spend their money on beauty, fashion and diet, then yes, they have freely made that choice. Noone is forcing them to wear it, it's not in the law and peer pressure isn't THAT great.
Western girls are exploited by these industries through lies, deceits and ruthless advertising (read propaganda). Beauty products have to be sold. Someone has to be targeted. Dieting products have to be sold. Someone has to be targeted. Clothes have to be sold, in the name of fashion. Someone has to be targeted. Ever wondered why women’s fashion is constantly changing. How will industries make money if the “latest in fashion” doesn’t change frequently.
The trading standards people in this country deal with outright advertising lies - deceit and lots of advertising do exist, but it's not propaganda, which is completely the wrong word for this circumstance. Yes, products have to be sold. But this is a consumer driven market - stuff only exists because there is demand for it. People are targeted, as in 'our target group is women aged 18-24' meaning the advertising won't appeal to fifty year olds, not people stalk you until you buy it. And someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the reason fashion changed once upon a time was to prove you were 'with it' ie if you were wearing last year's fashion, you were uncool. Now maybe it is more industry driven, but...so?
Girls are made to believe that the human body is nothing to be ashamed of. I wonder why people wear clothes to the office if the human body is nothing to be ashamed of. Someone said, kam kapde, kam paise. Just take a look at the price tags of girls’ clothing, and you will find that skimpy clothing is just as expensive as regular clothing.
The human body IS nothing to be ashamed of. It's your body. People wear particular clothes to the office because of the social norms that have grown up around work clothes. And of course skimpy clothes cost as much as regular clothing...so?
What about the obsession with plastic surgery. Billions of dollars are spent on it annually. What is alarming is that even beautiful, young girls are going for it. The message that is sent to them is that natural beauty is not enough. There are girls unnecessarily lining up for breast implants, whose occasional leakage leaves some of them with far greater beauty defects. Women are going for everything, from nose jobs to liposuction, and no one raises an eyebrow.
I know noone who is obsessed with plastic surgery. It's a miniority who want it, and for some people, it can turn their lives around in terms of self confidence. Yes, I think it's sad that these girls don't believe they're good enough naturally, but that doesn't mean we have an epidemic of plastic surgery.
Teenage pregnancies is also a big issue in the west. It is not rampant in the subcontinent because girls in the subcontinent are oppressed. It is western girls who have the freedom to become pregnant while still teenagers. They are called names, taunted by their friends, have to miss school, suffer from a poor self-image, and a list of other problems that accompany teenage pregnancies.
Teenage pregnancies are a problem yes. However, girls aren't oppressed and in some cases stoned and ostracised when they have extra marital sex. Many girls' friends wouldn't taunt them, but support them.
Western girls believe in constant dieting, which is accompanied by depression, bulimia, anorexia and all the disorders that go along with having a low self-esteem because they cannot have the perfect body. So why do perfectly normal girls go on a diet? They go on a diet because dieting industries have changed the definition of normal. Unless a girl is all skin and bone she is ugly, fat and unattractive. They advertise ruthlessly, targeting innocent girls into believing their satanic schemes, wanting to earn money in any way or form.
I am a Western girl and I don't believe in constant dieting. I've never been on a diet in my life. Stop generalising. I was under the impression that anorexia at least was not entirely about poor self image but also about feeling a sense of control - you clearly don't really know what you're talking about there. Yes, fashion companies have changed the definition of normal, but there's a huge backlash against it and most sane people recognise that a size 0 is a stupid idea. Beauty products are not satanic. I don't think there's really any other way to argue against that point.
Western girls are slaves of fashion, used like puppets by industries, turned into sexual objects, brainwashed with false ideas about beauty, exposed by men and used as a commodity, diet themselves to death, and then people talk about how free they are.
Most aren't slaves to fashion, the advertising is far less invasive than you seem to thinks, I will agree there's a bit of brainwashing but if you're sensible, you can ignore it, very few diet to death, and by goodness, we are very very free and damn lucky to live in the West imo.
Exploitation of Western Girls, True or False?
By Mohammad Yusha