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2024-05-23 07:53:48

The Dark Side of Pretty Privilege

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How many attractive people have broken into show business or made a fortune just by posting some selfies or making a few TikToks ?

You can probably think of a few off the top of your head .

Right ?

In today's social media dominated world where it's become easier than ever for people to leverage their looks for money , fame , and influence , it's no secret that pretty privilege exists .

And the perks of being conventionally attractive can range from getting preferential treatment to effortlessly garnering attention , but there's a dark side to pretty privilege that most people aren't aware of .

Curious ?

Let's explore the hidden downsides of pretty privilege .

Pressure to maintain .

Whether it's through overspending on skincare products , constantly counting calories , or scrutinizing every flaw you see in the mirror , The pressure to maintain a certain level of attractiveness can be exhausting .

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It's not just about looking good for yourself , it's about meeting the expectations set by beauty obsessed culture and the pressure to stay conventionally attractive can take a toll on both your mental and physical health leading to anxiety , body dysmorphia , and even eating disorders .

Shallow relationships .

Another downside to pretty privilege is that you never know who truly likes you for you or just for your looks .

For example , pretty privilege often comes with popularity .

So some people might just wanna be friends with you or date you for the status , not because they genuinely care about you .

This shallow attention can leave you feeling lonely , used , misunderstood , and craving genuine connections .

Identity crisis .

If you're an attractive person , then you probably know what it's like to struggle to be acknowledged for anything other than your appearance .

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People take one look at you and think that just because you have a pretty face , that's all you are .

Sure .

You constantly get praised for your looks , but it also overshadows your intelligence , talents , and personality because attractiveness is what society values most , and this constant external validation can create a shaky foundation for self esteem , leaving you feeling lost and uncertain about who you truly are without it .

Being underestimated and dismissed .

Ever felt like your hard work is overlooked because of your looks ?

Pretty privilege often leads others to attribute your success solely to appearance , undermining your achievements and talents .

It's as if they think that your attractiveness automatically invalidates your intellect or skills , that you've gotten where you are in life simply by coasting by on your looks .

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It's a frustrating paradox being admired for something you had no control over while simultaneously feeling unseen for everything else that makes you who you are , Objectification and harassment .

When people see you as good looking , it can attract unwanted attention , and sometimes it can cross the line into something uncomfortable or even dangerous .

Imagine going about your day , minding your own business when suddenly someone starts persistently flirting with you even after you've made it clear you're not interested , or picture walking down the street and being subjected to constant catcalling or uncomfortable comments about your body .

Doesn't that blur the line between flattery and harassment ?

As model and TikToker , Emily Adana said , pretty privilege isn't always a privilege .

I've rarely been in social situations where I haven't been harassed .

People do not usually take no for an answer from me because they think I'm something to be possessed .

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People do not ask before touching me in public .

I'm grabbed regularly .

I've been assaulted by a stranger .

Jealousy from others .

When people feel jealous of your looks and the unfair advantage it gives you , they might act in unpleasant ways , like making passive aggressive remarks or bringing you down behind your back .

Some might even be outright hostile towards you or try to sabotage you at school , work , or among social circles .

Being the target of others' envy can create a sense of isolation and mistrust , and pretty privilege can taint your relationships with jealousy and resentment .

Did you relate to any of the things we've talked about here ?

Did you learn anything valuable from this video ?

Recognizing the downsides of pretty privilege helps us foster more empathy and understanding towards one another .

It reminds us to look beyond appearances and strive to make everyone feel seen and valued for who they truly are .

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Thanks for watching .

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