Life and stuff: Beauty has always been bonkers
Humans have developed a strange relationship with their bodies. This is not a new thing by any means. Mayan nobility strapped boards to their babies heads so that the fontanelles fused in a variety of different shapes (flat, domed, etc), Hmong hilltribes in Northern Thailand used rings to stretch girls’ necks and Chinese girls had their feet bound at birth.
It’s as though the less practical or ‘standard issue’ something is, the more beautiful it is deemed. Not to mention the wealthy classes going to great lengths to differentiate themselves from the working classes. Enter the skin colour issue. In South East Asia, where presumably having high levels of melanin in your skin is a biological advantage due to the sunny nature of the region, dark skin is scorned as being common.
The way I think about it is this; your body is like the car you drive. Essentially you are going to be stuck with one manufacturer your whole life but you will go through lots of different models. The make is influenced by your genes, the model is influenced by your age. Lifestyle factors like fuel, regular services, driver safety and wear and tear have an impact upon the performance of your car but the simple fact is that a Mercedes will always outclass an Alfa Romeo because it is engineered better.
Modern humans spray tan, wax, bleach, dye, inject, paint, implant, pierce and tattoo. This is tribal behaviour – we are still trying to differentiate the classes and alter our bodies to culturally agreed upon standards of beauty. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. It is just worth noting that getting butt implants is anthropologically just as weird as Elizabethan women whitening their faces with poisonous lead paint and arsenic powder or Masai warriors scarring their chests in intricate patterns.
Essentially, you can pimp your ride anyway you want. Just remember that you are the driver, not the car.
Tell me, you frightfully good looking people, what do you think about all of this? Are we all bonkers for doing this stuff?