We researched beauty around the world, and what we found was alarming. There are so many procedures, surgeries, lotions and creams, make-up and products of all kind made to make us look “ideal”. In history we found that there have been even more horrible ideas on how to make on beautiful. Why do people conform? We made a list of what is perceived as beautiful in other countries and what we thought of it.
We then decided to experiment with the “ideal” features. Obviously not everyone can pull off the “perfect look”. Luckily, we think we are beautiful the way we naturally are.
Things that are “beautiful” in The United States:
I never agreed with this because not everyone is like that. Many people have to work hard to look like this. Either starve themselves or throw up after. In many other countries, it’s different. In Africa, they force feed them because it’s beautiful to be big. But, in Brazil it’s beautiful for women to have the “guitar” shape. Which is thin, big breasts, and butt. This thought must change because then men begin to think this way and only see that as beautiful. When a woman has a heathy body and is great personality wise, she is the definition of beauty. No woman should be penalized or looked down upon just because her breasts aren’t a Double D or her stomach has a small pouch. Just because she isn’t almost six feet and the color of paper doesn’t mean she isn’t beautiful. A woman can have thick thighs and still be beautiful.
So with China portraying women as something that requires them to be tall, white, and with straight hair. They feel they need to bleach their skin to be close to white. This increasing to develop skin cancer or any other skin diseases. Being tall requires painful surgery that doesn’t even make them that tall. Only from about six inches to a foot. And straightening your hair to be perfectly straight can harm their hair and scalp. None of these things are heathy.
What is considered beautiful in USA now:
When I saw the video about this family in Jamaica who bleach their own skin, I felt disgusted because someone did that knowing it can affect your skin. That it can damage. I was also disgusted learning that in China they would damage their feet, skin, eyes and hair too. To me, it seems so horrifying. Solo porque esta de moda! >:(
Over the past few weeks at Casa de Las Flores, we have been leading and participating in “tri-lingual language classes” in Spanish, English, and Tzotzil. We are infusing our English lessons with our own studies in Spanish and Tzotzil to break down the student-teacher hierarchy: we are all students and all of our are teachers. Besides learning basic grammar and useful phrases, we use fun activities to “trick” ourselves into learners: translating AC/DC lyrics into all three languages, playing hangman and original games with flashcards and visual pictures, recording small skits in different languages, and making banners that read ” Bienvenidos a Casa De Las Flores/ Lek ti la Vulik Xae Sna Nimichik/Welcome to the Flower House!”
Beats sitting at a desk for 40 minutes while Ms. Johnson makes you recite the rules of past participle over and over!! And if school wasn’t fun enough, we also know how to reward ourselves with cool activities after class, like making planters out of recycled detergent containers
and, of course, playing futbol (not football)!! Que le vaya bien everyone!
This past week in Club Balam we have been focusing on photography. Our girls and boys have been using photography as a way to provide insight into their lives. Some choose to take a week and provide evidence of their daily routine while others choose to take pictures of what characterized themselves through showing what their likes and dislikes.This week was our first week of truly exploring our cameras and the technology behind them. We got to practice our new found skills in a trip to the zoo, next week will be providing a chance for the girls and boys to edit their own photos for their first presentation which will be show cased on girlsclubworldwide.org !!
Hay me nuevamente, Jennifer. Nuestra clase de foto caminó por la calle a un pequeño parque de la Comunidad, donde tomamos fotos de uno a otro.
La escultura gráfica que usted ve esta hecha de metal. Tomamos una foto de ellas porque se veia muy interesante. Por ejemplo, las formas que han sido puesto y diseños que estaban echas son lindos. Las muchachas se divertieron mucho, nosotros sólo (justo) le deseamos que estaban aquí. ^_^ ¡ Besos!
My name is Krista, I’m in 7th grade. I’m Native American and others, too. I have many friends and I love art! I’m 13 years old and I’m second generation. My mom came here when she was a girl and now it’s my turn. I have so much fun at this wonderful Girls Club. I have one dog and one hamster. I live with my mom and grandma too and when I’m old I hope to be famous for many years, but for now I’m having fun being young!
Do you like taking photographs?