Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Susan Boyle Reveals Society's Enduring Bigotry
First, read Courtney's post "Susan Boyle Reveals Society's Enduring Bigotry." She begins:
I feel like I may have been the last person on earth to watch the video of 47-year-old Brit Susan Boyle taking all the "Britain's Got Talent" folks by surprise with her beautiful voice. This morning, nearly 40 million people have seen the clip on YouTube. So what gives? Why is this striking such a global chord? Well, from a feminist perspective, there are some really compelling explanations. First of all, Susan Boyle defies just about every one of the "ideal beauty" standards that have such a tight grip on the recording industry.
Now, read Aristotle's ideal beauty:
θηλειω̂ν δὲ ἀρετὴ σώματος μὲν κάλλος καὶ μέγεθος, ψυχη̂ς δὲ σωφροσύνη καὶ φιλεργία ἄνευ ἀνελευθερίας.
A female’s good character really comes from a body with a good large figure, but also from a personality with wise submissiveness and affection for work without preoccupation from freedoms.