Draft 1: What is Beauty?

This topic submitted by Lindsay Meacham and Ali Mramor (Meachald@miamioh.edu) at 4:44 pm on 2/7/00. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Section: Myers


By definition beauty is 1: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
2: a beautiful person or thing; especially: a beautiful woman
3: a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality
4: a brilliant, extreme, or egregious example or instance
5: a quantum characteristic that accounts for the existence and lifetime of the upsilon particle; also : a particle having this characteristic. Darwin believed that beauty was a factor in natural selection. Beauty is a sign of health and fertility, which makes a mate more liable to attract another mate. Judith Langlois has done research that proposes that people are more attracted to the average person. Meaning one that has a variety of features or the prototype theory.
We would like to do a survey to determine if the more average person is the most beautiful according to students at Miami and possibly web surfers. Accompanying this survey we would like to take a class average face for the female and male students in NS II and maybe ask questions about what people feel are beautiful features inside and out.
Sexism and stereotypes in modern society : the gender science of
Janet Taylor Spence / edited by William B. Swann, Jr., Judith
Langlois, Lucia Albino Gilbert

Physical appearance and gender : sociobiological and sociocultural
perspectives / Linda A. Jackson

The power of beauty / Nancy Friday

Our looks, our lives : [sex, beauty, power, and the need to be seen] /Nancy Friday


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