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By: Elizabeth A
Society's Perception of Feminine Beauty
Real life Situation:
Growing up I've always felt society judged me based on appearance. In kindergarten I received my first pair of glasses. I thought they were great, my teachers complimented them by saying I looked beautiful. Then a classmate asked "Did you just get glasses?". "Yes" I said, the classmate then replied "You look like a grandma"
From there school got more challenging. I was asked "why don't I wear my hair down?", "Why don't I wear dresses?" or "Why aren't I girlie?"
In today's society a certain perception of what is considered beautiful is limited,
For centuries women have been subjected to judgement based on their attractiveness,
These pressures lead to psychological disorders,
Therefore it is important to examine factors that build this concept of "acceptable" beauty.
To what extent is the concept of
beauty a socially constructed
Areas of Knowledge
Ways of Knowing
The qualities in a person that is physically attractive and appeals to the senses of the mind,usually a beautiful woman
Unique number approx.
Ratio of proportion in art, architecture, plants, and humans
Darwin Theory of Beauty
1. Natural Selection
During selection a species chooses its mate based on attractiveness
The ability to understand
without the need of reasoning
Is attractiveness solely based on genetic compatibility? If not, the role of the environment has to be taken into account for the perception of beauty
Environment does play a role in the beauty of attractiveness but this allows birds to change their natural intuition when trying to discover a new mate
Social Comparison Theory
Social Comparison Theory
Centered on the belief that there is a
drive within individuals to gain accurate
Each person in society has a unique individual taste that may not correlate to others, therefore some are naturally harder to influence.
In every society there is a form of conformity and a need to be accepted by the society. Therefore a person, woman, must do what is considered socially acceptable in order to function within the society
A result of a mental image that
was made by an observation
Mode of natural selection in which natural selection in which some individuals out reproduce others in a population because they are better at securing mates
The Golden Ratio
If it is that easy to define a woman as beautiful based on the Golden Ratio, isn't it possible that others have different opinions about the beauty of a person?
Everyone does have their own reasons as to why one is considered more beautiful, but the Golden Ratio demonstrates reason as to how beauty is relevant to proportion and symmetry
I'm so beautiful
The process of natural selection
will decide the traits inherited will
benefit an organism in its survival
People evaluate themselves based in relation to their peers
this determines what is considered normal in society creating a standard
norms & standards = whats acceptable or not in society
Beauty in any society is a socially constructed concept, within concepts.
Such as in mathematics: Golden Ratio
Natural Sciences: Darwinism
Human Sciences: Social Comparison Theory
In my case my
for having glasses outweighed the
others had therefore my
was to ignore my classmates judgement
Being in a society where judgement is passed everyday only made me realize that certain traits will always be favored.