This week’s reading was relatable to me on a personal level on so many instances. Being a woman who doesn’t identify as straight, is not white, and is not traditionally ‘feminine’ by the traditional 1950’s model of femininity mostly captured by Marilyn Monroe, I’ve struggled a lot with accepting myself for not being a shining model of what Western culture idolizes. Surely this idea of not feeling desired/wanted can be applied to essentially any other ethnicity and/or sexual identity, etc. - though I can only speak for myself and my own experiences. I bring this up not to pity myself, but to put into perspective exactly how and why I feel this way, and to investigate how these structures affect my life, to ultimately figure out how I can work to change those for future generations. Dyer mentions in Heavenly Bodies that, “The white woman is offered as the most highly prized possession of the white man, and the envy of all other races. Imperialist and Southern popular culture abounds in imagery playing on twentieth century. Thus there is the notion of the universally desired ‘White Goddess’”(40). Tracing back to the foundation of America (and Western Imperialist culture, for that matter), the white woman has been seen as the token of desire and the ultimate pedestal of attraction that a man, and all of society should strive to be. Clearly, this isn’t attainable for anyone who isn’t white. While you can bleach your hair and potentially your skin, too, that is NOT something I’m about to do, because I am in the process of embracing my own beauty and individuality as a queer woman of color. When it comes down to it, Caucasian people / those of European descent are really just another race of people. The only reason they’re idolized is because of how our society has been programmed through years and years of reinforcement to teach new generations that that specific race is beautiful. In other cultures, beauty is defined in an entirely different way.