BEAUTY Beauty is something that has tried to be defined for centuries.It used to be said of beauty, that it is something that is easy to recognizebut hard to explain. The earliest Western theory of beauty can be found onAncient Greek works from the pre-Socratic period, like Pythagoras, who saw astrong connection between mathematics and attractiveness. He noted that objectsthat were proportioned with the golden ratio were perceived as more beautiful.
Indeed, these mathematical functions were also featured on the many studies of Leonardoda Vinci and other Renaissance artists. While Aristotle actually found a link betweenthe beautiful and virtue, arguing ¨Virtue aims at the beautiful¨. Beauty standards have changed significantly over time, basedon changing cultural values.
Historically, paintings show a wide range ofdifferent standards for beauty. However, people who are relatively young, withsmooth skin, well-proportioned bodies, and regular features, have traditionallybeen considered the most beautiful throughout history. But in the 18th century, these mathematical researchesrelating to beauty started to cease. when philosophers like Edmund Burke andDavid Hume stated that beauty was subjectively-defined.
For Hume, beauty was”no quality in things themselves; it exists merely in the mind thatcontemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.” The idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, thatpeople have different ideas of beauty, thus they are not able to agree on whois beautiful and who is not, was for long a dominant view in much of philosophyand art. Nonetheless, psychologists have argued that there might be objectivelydefined criteria of attractiveness. Theorists highlight the impact on judgementof beauty of social and cultural norms and emphasize the idea that socialstereotypes like the ¨attractiveness is good¨ bias create their own reality. Anotheridea that is actually really popular in scientific circles is that beauty Is areliable indicator of fertility and health.
MALE PERCEPTION These is a long list with several factors that play a roleon what men desire on women, but there is one thing they all have in common; theyare an index of health and youth. Men like smooth skin, long shiny hair and smallwaists. And they are most likely interested in symmetry.
Young women are