Being “not pretty” is not the same thing as being homely. I have always seen myself as not pretty but I never tagged myself with homely. I have a great empathy for homely people. I’m not sure when peer pressure starts against homely children but it is very evident before the end of primary grades. You will seldom, if ever, find one in the social cliques even by third grade. I question why I say that, because my making that judgement indicates that I, myself, made a radical conclusion based on the cultures’ standard of beautiful and ugly. That’s not just!
I have jokingly said, “I want to lose weight before I get to Heaven. I don’t want to spend eternity being overweight!” But, alas, if I go to Heaven successfully svelte, I will probably find that the perfect female form was that of the great painters in the renaissance era!
Back to the behavior of children toward each other. I think their awareness of how another looks, beautiful or ugly, is likely set by the entertainment industry which presents to us what people “should” look like. It is amazing how much alike most “beauties” are! If you have a need to find a particular thin, long-haired blonde beauty who is at South Padre Island, good lock finding her. Bikini clad, they look alike. Not many homely, or even not pretty, are seen in that locale.
(Submitted to the Streams of Consciousness challenge)