Posted by: coopiedoopie | September 21, 2012

Why would you put glue on your eyelid?

After watching Miss Representation and discussing the effects that the media has on girls in America, I thought a lot about how our media affects people from other countries.  At the bottom is a link to a promo site for a documentary made by an American girl who has immersed herself into a Korean high school. She describes how in South Korea students are expected to study for at least 16 hours a day.  While South Korea has the highest acceptance rate into American Ivy League schools, it also has the highest suicide and plastic surgery rates in the world. 

In the video, she talks to high school girls about what they think makes someone beautiful.  Almost everyone interviewed said big eyes. They are constantly looking at pictures of Americans who have double-eyelids. Koreans typically have smaller eyes and monolids, and these girls believe they are ugly because of it. Eyelid glue is a common part of girls’ make up bags, as they are constantly striving to look perfect.  One of the girls interviewed said that her mom never told her she was pretty until after she had plastic surgery to give her a new, more American nose along with double-eyelids.  Without even thinking about it, we’re sending media images over seas, telling girls around the world that this is what they’re supposed to look like.  In Asia, women and girls are taking it as far as to glue their eyelids together regularly, or even get plastic surgery, to look more like these images.  

Below is the link to the promo video on the homepage.  It’s about 18 minutes long, but if you start at 5:18, you can see where she starts talking about how much of an impact looks play in Koreans’ lives.


  1. This is fascinating. The beauty standard conversation we are having in class links back to when you all took 210 and discussed social comparison and the potential positive and negative outcomes of upward comparison, including the effect on self-concept, self-esteem, and self-acceptance. When your upward comparison model is unrealistic (and in this case, often highly contrived from artificial means), self-esteem suffers. Women who want to lead and make a difference can’t afford to spend their time and energy fretting about meeting such unattainable standards, particularly when looks are not what dictates intelligence and creativity!

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