Physical Beauty is Unimportant: A Myth

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Is physical beauty subjective?
In writings on beauty, it is often argued that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and that we "Shouldn't judge a book by its cover." The idea that its misguided to make assumptions or judgments about people based on their physical appearance. Both of these sayings are much more myth than fact. Beauty is, in fact, quite objective and measurable. Trends and small changes in preferences come and go, but core aspects have remained the same throughout the world and throughout history. Research shows that human beings have evolved universal standards of beauty, both within and across cultures. F. Roizen, C. Oz(2008) The logic behinde these myths argues that physical beauty is unimportant, most likley misleading, and at best only relevent until more useful information becomes available. In this essay I will show through a selection of case studies that beauty is actually precisely perceived, purposeful, and rooted in hard science—more than abstract and random opinion. The essay is organized in the following way. First, we explore facial attractivness in men and women. There is , in general, a consensus between academics regarding what constitutes an attractive face, numerous studys have established a link between symetry and physical attractivness. We will then explore a study by the University of Toronto into the correlations between facial measurements and attractiveness. Followed by a study of Dr Stephen Marquadts mathmatical formula for a beautiful face based on the Golden Ratio. These exapmles are followed by a discussion about the links between health and beauty. Facial Measurments and Attractivness.

Researchers at the University of Toronto, claim they’ve discovered the ideal alignment of female facial features, a pair of measurements that explain why one woman is perceived as beautiful and another as average. Dr Pamela M. Pallett and colleagues Dr Stephen Link and Dr Kang Lee conducted four experiments using 10 different...
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