When you’re surrounded by people who, for the most part, are into the same things as you, you probably don’t feel all that different from your peers. If you’re living in the United States, you probably don’t think American customs are strange — if you even think about them at all — but that’s only because they may be all you know. As it turns out, we have some downright bizarre tastes — especially when it comes to how we present ourselves.
According to Western Illinois University’s guide, “American Culture: The Basics,” success in the United States is “often measured in dollars.” That’s not to say we don’t value relationships, but materialism is how we non-verbally communicate our social status. Naturally, a lot of the things Americans find attractive are rooted in things that point to success and, often times, wealth. Here are some examples of the strange things we find pleasing to the eye or, if we were Paris Hilton, would cause us to say, “That’s hot.”
Beyond the pale
In the United States, many women — especially caucasian women — strive to achieve tanned skin. Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff, a New York City dermatologist, told The Skincare Foundation that this trend is actually pretty recent. According to her, “tanned skin is not, nor has it ever been, a universally accepted ideal.”
While Americans aren’t the only ones wanting to darken their complexion — European and Brazilian women do too — we’re not the majority. Women throughout China, Korea, and Thailand don’t understand the tanning trend — they actually strive to look paler or, as Sarnoff explained, “more pink in tone.” In India, too, some men and women look to creams to lighten their natural skin tone…….Read More: Bizarre Things Americans Find Attractive