By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.
The "Am I Pretty?" video trend makes me physically nauseous, but it took me a while to put my finger on why exactly. For one thing, these girls talk about wanting to know if they are pretty as if asking whether or not they have something in their teeth. "Here are some photos," one says. "Can you tell me in the comments if I'm pretty or not?" She doesn't ask, "Do you think I'm pretty?" which is an equally pointless but altogether different question. No, she asks, "Am I pretty?" the same matter-of-fact way in which you might ask, "Is it snowing?"--as if it were a question with an objective answer.
How does this happen? Has it never occurred to these girls that this might be a subjective question, that there is in fact no authority on the matter-not the popular kids at school, and certainly not some stranger on YouTube. Or even that beauty isn't really all that matters?
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