Have I ever told you that I find the One Direction song "What Makes You Beautiful" the most offensive thing on the radio? Because I do. It's like the greatest abuse of the way girls are brought up with body image issues that I've ever come across. Because the appeal is that for all those girls who don't think they're pretty because they don't look like the girl on Cosmo - those girls can pretend that they're actually beautiful and just don't know it.
And I'm not saying that this song is for ugly girls to feel good about themselves, because mostly its not. Mostly it's for perfect normal, probably pretty girls to feel good about themselves because the media treats them like shit. And I'm just offended that some fucking boy band took the fact that so few girls think they're beautiful because of the media, exploited those girls desire to be told they're beautiful, and then made a lot of money.
But I'm also offended by this song because the flip side is that if a girl knows she's beautiful, then she's obviously not. Which discourages sense of self-beauty. And that's fucked up too. Why can't a girl know she's pretty and just rock it? Knowing you're pretty doesn't make you less pretty. Why give a girl one more reason to feel bad about herself?
I really hate this song.