For years, society has inundated girls and young women with the misperception that external beauty is paramount to self-worth and social acceptance. In today’s world, this notion has perpetuated a whole host of disturbing trends, perhaps one of the most so is the YouTube “Am I Pretty or Ugly?” videos.
Young girls, some not even in their teen years, have humbled themselves to the point of making videos requesting that the public tell them if they are attractive or not. These videos are generating thousands, some even millions, of views. Not only is this disturbing in the sense that females in our society are demonstrating such a low level of self-worth, but of even greater concern is that their videos and pictures are being viewed by so many people, some undoubtedly pedophiles.
Adding even more negativity to this reprehensible trend, thousands of unkind, some even vicious, comments have been posted in response to the girls’ questions about their appearances. Of course, some positive, encouraging comments have also been posted, but to what avail?
If these young girls are insecure enough to request that the public appraise them based on their appearances, what does that say about the message society is sending? Obviously, the girls have the impression that physical beauty is their most important attribute, not their intellect, their personalities, nor their uniqueness as individuals.
These girls, many not much more than little girls, look into a camera and ask in tentative voices if they are pretty or ugly. Their insecurity is apparent in their comments, some apologetically stating that they don’t have “make-up on” in some of their still photos. Their sweet voices and appearances reveal their naiveté, seemingly unaware of the danger of questioning a vast, unknown audience to determine their attractiveness.