Beauty standards for women have always been nothing short of unrealistic and unachievable, and are made up of racist and infantile images due to the rise of race theory, and the ever-present patriarchy. Feminine beauty has been transformed into an industry designed to keep self-esteem low and profits high and built catering to the white, cisgender, heterosexual male gaze. White supremacy and sexism – particularly the intersection of these two ideas – are still prevalent in modern society, resulting in ideas of the beautiful woman that are consistently paedophilic and racist.
TW: sexual assault, rape, murder.
The caste system negatively impacts Dalits on an educational, economic, and societal level but the women of lower-caste background in particular suffer as the intersections between their caste and their gender identity place them at the bottom of Indian society.