[Four girls stand in a line in various states of shock, each one as a 0¥ price tag attached to her head, picture provided by Avvesione]
This, folks, is your beauty myth in action. We’re supposed to laugh that these four girls who are star students at an elite academy feel devalued because they are not considered beautiful enough to serve as a motif for their fellow classmate, but it’s only kind of funny.
Our society spends a good deal of time fixating on the appearance of women regardless of its relevance to their job or life. Just look at the obsession the media has with Michelle Obama’s arms. Or Adele’s weight. While there is some light humor in the exhibitionist Medaka being demoralized by her failure as a model, it’s founded on the nugget of truth that most women and girls remain, throughout their lives, judged on their appearance.