- yes it is completely subjective47%(34)47%(62)Vote47%(28)
- yes but to some extent47%(34)46%(61)Vote46%(27)
- no it's not6%(5)7%(9)Vote7%(4)
Most Helpful Girl
I think it is to an extent. There are many people that agree a certain person is beautiful, but then you'll have some people who disagree. You see that with celebrities a lot and usually the ones who disagree are usually quite harsh about why they don't find that celebrity attractive. My sister is like that with Taylor Swift. Most people I know find her to be beautiful, but my sister hates on her so much.
There is a girl at my work who is gorgeous. Most guys want her, and one of the guys we work with dated her. They're broken up now because I guess she slapped him. Anyway, everyone tells him it shouldn't matter and he should feel grateful that he got to date her because she is young and beautiful.
Then there is me, who people don't look at twice. I wouldn't say I am ugly, but I won't win a beauty contest. If you were to rate me and her together, she would get the most votes. I overheard some of the guys talking, and one of them was talking about how ugly she was. I was shocked to hear him say that. I was even more shocked to hear him mention my name that he would get with if he had the chance. The guys he was talking to were shocked as well. They told him he was an idiot if he actually chose me over her.
So that's one example of how beauty can be subjective.1
Most Helpful Guy
I think beauty and attractiveness can be looked at differently.
Beauty has to do with symmetry, proportions, youthfulness, health, and certian ratios which also fall under the category of symetry. These can be measured to a certain extent.
Then there is attraction which is sexual desire. This is a lot more subjective than beauty. You could meet someone and admit that they are aesthetically pleasing to the eye but that you have no sexual desire for them. Think of pretty boys, most girls aren't going to say that pretty boys are digesting to look at, but a lot of girls admit to having little to no sexual desire for them.
Still I dont think attraction is 100% subjective. While its not a perfect correlation, I do think attraction is somewhat linked to how beautiful/aesthetic you are.
For example the closer your appearance is to fitting the golden ratios of beauty, the more likely it is that you will be considered attractive to a wider range of people. Conversely the more asymmetric and unproportional you are, the smaller the number of people who find you attractive will be. On the extreme end think of people who have severe birth defects or have been disfigured due to an accident. It is unlikely that more than 3% of the population is sexually attractive to them and even 3% might be too generous. On the opposite extreme think of celebrities and models who, may not be everyone cup of tea, will generally be considered sexually attractive by around 50-60% of the population.
So being beautiful/aesthetic doesn't guarantee sexual attraction but it does increase the likelihood of it and, but in order to be attractive you do need to be at least somewhat good looking.2