Beauty Standards Across the World
Mona Bouhmelhem, Tamar Changelian, Malik Unis, Jessica Kramer, Zeina Kobeissi
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mondays and Wednesdays
The topic of our course will be on the beauty standards across the world. What may be seen as beautiful in one country might be seen as average or not particularly attractive in another, so this course will be talking about what each countries ideas of beauty standards are. The subtopics that will be included in this public syllabus that revolve around this topic will include ethnocentrism, colorism, sexism, and body image problems.
Why Take This Course?
Beauty standards across the world may just be seen as little pressures that are pushed onto men and women, specifically women, but most don’t realize that they can spiral and create more toxicity within a culture. For example, in a few of the countries we’ll talk about in our syllabus, the colonization of Americans and/or Europeans at some point in their history has created this ideal that pale skin is beautiful. In the public syllabus, we’ll showcase a few problems that have grown from these standards.
What Do We Know?
In America, we only see the ideals and standards that are pushed onto our men and women, but most of us rarely see what’s expected of men and women in other countries. Each country has their own set of ideals and standards, some have similar ideals, and some have very extreme ideals. Each country has their own reason from creating these standards whether it stems from colonialism, ethnocentrism, self-hatred, etc. In our syllabus, we’ll introduce the beauty standards that are expected in a few countries and where/how they stemmed.
Grading will go as follows
Work based on the readings will account for 50% of your grade
The final 2 assignments will count for the other 50% of your grade
|Week 1||Overview of Beauty Standards Across the World||General|
|Week 2||Problem #1 That Stemmed from Beauty Standards: Colorism in America||POC|
|Week 3||Problem #2 That Stemmed from Beauty Standards: Eurocentrism on POC||POC|
|Week 4||Problem #3 That Stemmed from Beauty Standards: Body Image||Body Image / Sex|
|Week 5||Problem #4 That Stemmed from Beauty Standards: Sexism and Sexualization||Body Image / Sex|
|Week 6||South Korean Beauty Standards||Worldwide|
|Week 7||Indian Beauty Standards||Worldwide|
|Week 8||Brazilian Beauty Standards||Worldwide|
|Week 9||Filipino Beauty Standards||Worldwide|
|Week 10||Egyptian/Middle Eastern Beauty Standards||Worldwide|
|Week 1||PS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9FmDBrewA|
|Week 2||PS: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057%2F978-1-137-56834-2#about|
|Week 3||PS: http://www.germmagazine.com/eurocentric-beauty-standards-a-global-disease/|
|Week 4||PS: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1176/appi.ap.30.3.257|
|Week 5||PS: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-011-9093-2|
|Week 6||PS: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/ethiopian-love|
|Week 7||PS: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/deepi-harish/india-skin-whitening-cream_b_12474224.html|
|Week 8||PS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR65OTBteYU|
|Week 9||PS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mljr6JnbTs|
|Week 10||PS: Interview with my friend from Egypt
“What are expected of women in Egypt and the Middle East when it comes to their physical looks?”
Women are expected to be skinny but curvy, modest and covered, have pale skin and long straight hair.
Make a comparative list of beauty standards between two countries of your choosing, then briefly present your findings to the class. Talk about any differences and similarities you notice between the two countries and talk about how their beauty standards affect their people differently.
- Post on blog
- Turn in copy
- 20% of grade
Create a list of standards that you’re own culture/community pushes onto you, and how this has affected you. If you want you can even share some of the experiences you’ve had if there are any.
- Post on blog
- Turn in copy
- 30% of grade