Sunday, December 13, 2009

Is beauty really is in the eye of the beholder? or are we have a certain standard for beauty?

I say beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. Of course, when we watch the Miss Universe Pagaent together, my girlfriend and I never agree on who are going to win but that is because they are all beautiful. But I am talking about can anyone honestly say that the Elephant man is handsome. Or Janet Reno is beautiful? I am talking about physical beauty here so don't give me that personality, inner beauty crap because that is another subject. I have a 3 year old niece and even she can point out the beautiful people from the ugly one...Is beauty really is in the eye of the beholder? or are we have a certain standard for beauty?
Smile. Bravo! It is a great question you have asked.

I'm afraid that nothing would make Janet Reno attractive, not even an Elephant man... not even in the eyes of the beholder... Sorry...

Let me say that beauty is a pretty cultural term. Standards change as you travel from western to eastern cultures. However, proportionate features have always been considered beautiful. Features should fit perfectly together: large eyes, high eye brows, straight nose and a pouty mouth will always be called beautiful. Clear skin, glossy hair and proportionate body parts will also add to someones physical appeal. However, in my own humble opinion, body parts and face features are never enough to make a person truly beautiful: kindness, great sense of humor and an open mind give you a certain spark in the eye, that makes everyone look twice as you walk by.Is beauty really is in the eye of the beholder? or are we have a certain standard for beauty?
What may be ugly to you is beautiful to someone else. It's all about what you consider ';beautiful.'; And besides, some uglies have babies that grow up to be pretty and handsome. Be careful of what you say to a pretty Woman or a handsome man, you just might end up meeting their UGLY Mother or Father. Ever think of THAT, Einstein? I guess NOT!
although society has set a certain standard to measure beauty - based on physical features- I still believe it lies in the eye of the beholder.

Yes, one cannot deny a person's physical beauty, but the whole package count. So may people have the most beautiful faces or bodies, but as soon as you discover that there is no personality, it spoils everything.
Yes, I do think we have a pre-disposition to what is acceptable beauty.. as far as looks go..

I think anyone would agree on that..

When we say love is in the eye of the beholder, it simply means that they can look beyond the exterior and love what is within...

PS... Everyone is different though and what is beauty to one may not be to another..

At least that is my take on this...
There are 3 factors: Evolutionary advantage (';prettier'; members of the opposite sex are prettier because they are more likely to survive and have healthy offspring with you), like big breasts in women, big muscles in men, etc.

Personal taste (a psychological factor).

Media. It boosts and twistes the first factor.
Well you can't discount it because it is what makes it so you don't see the visual flaws that are there. And whats she pointing out is what she has observered others saying that they are beautiful. She's not looking outside the package.
Of course if your talking about physical beauty we all have a standard. But our standards are very different, like some people just love fat people, skinny, short, tall and other just love querky looks like a wierd shaped mouth or weird looking eyes so you might as well say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

That said I do believe that there is an overall standard that everyone can agree that someone is beautiful or would say beautiful looking but like you said, out of many beautiful ppl you may differ in your choice.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, one man's meat is another man's poison, you cannot use extremes to prove the point, our perceptions vary, that is how the saying 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' came to be.
I like my women beautiful, sexy and curvy
yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, we are generally influenced by how beuaty products, services on the definition of beauty. where ';beautiful women'; are featured in the magazines are flawless, young, sexy, shapely and thin.

had it been 30 years ago, beauty and sexiness could have been marilyn monroe.
We have standards.....however each person sets their own standars. Hence the fact you and your GF pick two different beauties to win the pagaent. Some like fat THIER eyes they are beautiful. However I dont go for the fat chicks. I'm as shallow as they come. But the truth remains that the beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
It is and it isn't. Beauty can be both subjective and objective. There are certain things that are considered beautiful across cultures, but there are other features that vary by culture, and from person to person.

But in general, symmetry, youth, and all that comes with that are considered beautiful by all (see your beauty pageants).
';I mean, the guy's nose falls off. Who thinks THAT is attractive?'; Now THAT is funny!

Beauty is what we learn it is. At various times in history, concepts of beauty have been different. At one point, very large women were in vogue; at another point, androgyny was the thing; in Jamaica, larger girls are still considered sexier, in Latin countries, large butts have always been appreciated; in China, a long time ago, bound feet were beautiful; neck rings, nose rings, shaved's different depending on where you are and the era in which you live. It also changes throughout your life.

But then there are also commonalities in what appeals to people, and I've heard a few things about face and body symmetry and humans being programmed to subconsciously choose specific qualities for propagation of the species. So your niece might be choosing based on innate factors.

No...I can't honestly say that, but I would switch it around and say that the Elephant Man was beautiful and Janet Reno was handsome. My interpretation of beauty has very little to do with physicality. It's more of an essence. But I do agree that Michael Jackson's nose always falling off is not all that attractive.
A mother can give birth to the ugliest baby alive and still believe without a doubt that her baby is the most beautiful baby ever created. This proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
It's not ALWAYS in the eye of the beholder. I mean seriously, it's not like there has NEVER EVER been an ugly person.

Who would HONESTLY say that someone such as Michael Jackson was superduperincrediblygorgeous?

I mean, the guy's nose falls off. Who thinks THAT is attractive?
I read once not too long ago, that THOSE BEAUTIFUL faces. have to do thar BOTH SIDES are EQUAL.. if you look at yourself in the mirror,and you cover one side you麓ll see, that you have TWO different sides... some of the NICEST people.. tend to have the same ';features on both sides of their faces... It happens it is not a rule; but this point of view helps..
A certain standard of beauty is indeed promoted, but the decision whether or not a certain woman is beautiful ultimately lies with those looking at her.
We always look for symmetry in faces.

Men like feminine features in women such as wide hips, etc as it's a sign of fertility.

Women like masculine features in men such as broad shoulders, etc as it's a sign they can protect %26amp; provide for them (but in today's age, money would work lol.)

And a clear complexion too.
There are both objective and subjective standards of beauty. we are more or less hardwired to find shiny,healthy hair, clear complexions and symmetrical faces attractive.

However, some things do change over time. In the past, pale skin was considered attractive and tanned skin was unattractive. It's a status thing, much like the changes in what body types are considered attractive. And individual tastes and preferences do play a role, sometimes running alongside or counter to fashion.
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