The beauty myth sets it up this way: A high rating as an art object is the most valuable tribute a woman can exact from her lover. If he appreciates her face and body because it is hers, that is next to worthless. It is very neat: The myth contrives to make women offend men by scrutinizing honest appreciation when they give it; it can make men offend women merely by giving them honest appreciation. It can manage to contaminate the sentence "You're beautiful," which is next to "I love you" in expressing a bond of regard between a woman and a man. A man cannot tell a woman that he loves to look at her without risking making her unhappy. If he never tells her, she is destined to be unhappy. And the "luckiest" woman of all, told she is loved because she's "beautiful," is often tormented because she lacks the security of being desired because she looks like who she lovably is.”
The beauty myth of the present is more insidious than any mystique of femininity yet: A century ago, Nora slammed the door of the doll's house; a generation ago, women turned their backs on the consumer heaven of the isolated multiapplianced home; but where women are trapped today, there is no door to slam. The contemporary ravages of the beauty backlash are destroying women physically and depleting us psychologically. If we are to free ourselves from the dead weight that has once again been made out of femaleness, it is not ballots or lobbyists or placards that women will need first; it is a new way to see.
You're right people throw it around..as if Hollywood were a universal standard of beauty. Clearly, there is no such thing. I think health is the real standard of beauty, and it's both a moral and physical health. You know it when you see it!
Not really, no. I think the closest you can get to a "universal standard of beauty" is to want what is pleasing. We all find different things attractive, other things unnattractive, and other things repulsive.
But what those things are, can't be defined broadly. Basically, we strive to attain as pretty/beautiful/attractive of someone/something that we can get. That is about as similar as we all get.
I think so, to some degree. There's people I personally don't find attractive to me (Like, I wouldn't want to date or have sex with them) but I can recognize that they are physically attractive. I think that's true for most people. Though they themselves may not be attracted to said person, they can still see that the person is physically attractive.
If someone has a symmetrical face, healthy frame (not too skinny or too fat), clear skin, long shiny hair (girls) and white teeth they are at least somewhat attractive, even if I personally am not attracted to them.
You can't go into much more detail, because diffferent cultures value different things. So, maybe here, we find blue eyes to be a standard of beauty, but somewhere else, they value brown. That type of thing.