The History of Human Beauty Essay

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Throughout history, civilizations have admired the beauty that the world has presented, but isn’t beauty held in the eye of the beholder? The word can be used to describe a variety of things. It can describe places, animals, objects, people and even ideas. However, the one beauty our society embraces today is human beauty. Because the perception of beauty differs from person to person, different ideas of beauty developed throughout history, which in turn formed standards for human beauty, and these standards have had a massive impact on today’s society. History of Beauty Beauty has long since been an important part of history. It’s been fought for, envied, and been reshaped over and over. The Greeks found beauty fascinating and so the…show more content…
These sculptures were said to be more beautiful that any human being, and the best ones were considered to be close to godlike perfection (The Arts). Thus, our standards of beauty were set, we were to compete with perfection only the gods could achieve. BEAUTY IN HUMANS In today’s world, beauty is still sought after but the standards of beauty have since then been kicked around, squeezed, stretched and overall reshaped. In a study, babies spent more time looking at pictures of symmetric individuals and less time looking at asymmetric ones (Feng). The rationale behind symmetry preferences in humans is that symmetric individuals have a higher mate-value because symmetry is equated with a better immune system (Feng). This makes beauty an indicator of stronger genes that will help improve the chances of offspring survival (Feng). The University of Louisville held a study where Asians, Latinos, and whites from thirteen different countries were shown pictures of individuals in which they all had the same general preference of symmetric faces (Feng). Although female perception of attractiveness has been shown to vary throughout the course of a month (Feng). In general, women tend to find mature-looking males more attractive, but during menstruation preferences changed from that of masculine features to softer ones (Feng). Nevertheless, when looking at profiles, both women and men agreed that a face in which the forehead and the jaw are

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