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Aesthetics in Context: Beauty, Attractiveness, and Reasons to Be Pretty

There's no doubt that society plays a role in determining what is considered attractive, but are Hollywood and the media able to make anything desirable? Are beauty and attractiveness entirely in the eye of the beholder, or are there aspects of beauty that are universal? Furthermore, there is an incredible amount of pressure on women to be young, thin, and attractive. Are men starting to feel more of a push to be young and attractive, too?

Studies have shown that people who are considered attractive have myriad advantages at their disposal. Women who wear makeup are considered more competent, and even babies linger on faces considered to be beautiful. Knowing this, is plastic surgery's rise in popularity troublesome? Or is it ok, even logical, to want (and pay) to be more attractive? This and more will be discussed. Come join us!

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  • Christian L.

    I am happy that I'm so ridiculously good looking ;)

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Jennifer C.

    I'm going to miss tonight meeting :( Hopefully we can have one soon??

    1 · November 7, 2013

    • Flower

      Hi All, I have to miss this event. I am so bummed out about it. Melissa, I am not giving up, I will be coming back to your events. Good will, and cheers to all. :)

      1 · November 7, 2013

    • Melissa

      Hey Jennifer, the next one is tentatively scheduled for two weeks from now on the 21st!

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    good to have some interesting dialog

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion. Great peeps.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Angela

    I'm probably not going to make it either. Work got unexpectedly crazy today.

    November 7, 2013

  • Kevin V.

    Sorry, I would love to be there but I have a prior commitment ....

    November 6, 2013

    • Melissa

      We'll miss you! See you at the next one. :)

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Melissa, a late meeting has popped up for me tomorrow and I won't be able to show up until around 8 ... Hope the discussion is still flowing by the time I get there.

    November 6, 2013

    • Melissa

      Ok, see you then.

      November 7, 2013

  • alber

    Here is an interesting information explaining what happened with the superposition of the women's faces (shown in my previous posting):

    A strong indicator of physical beauty is "averageness", or "koinophilia".[citation needed] When images of human faces are averaged together to form a composite image, they become progressively closer to the "ideal" image and are perceived as more attractive. This was first noticed in 1883, when Francis Galton, cousin of Charles Darwin, overlaid photographic composite images of the faces of vegetarians and criminals to see if there was a typical facial appearance for each. When doing this, he noticed that the composite images were more attractive compared to any of the individual images.

    The entire article is here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty

    More to discuss about !!!!

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • alber

    Amigos,

    to ad some information for the discussion, check this link out:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2435688/The-average-woman-revealed-Study-blends-thousands-faces-worlds-women-look-like.html

    It has pictures of what the average women face is, in different parts of the planet. I would bet that most of us would agree that ALL of these average pictures, looks "pretty beautiful". I wonder, if this is the average, how more beautiful would look those faces that are above this average?

    Something to discuss about...

    2 · November 5, 2013

    • Melissa

      Coincidentally, I came across this article earlier today, which I think will explain why the average faces above are considered attractive: http://nymag.com/thec...­

      2 · November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Melissa

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys I would love to be there this week, unfortunately my company is sending me away for training so I will be in Philadelphia and then Connecticut and then back here on Saturday, I miss the chat but looking forward to the next one

    November 4, 2013

    • Melissa

      Aww, too bad. You'll be missed! Have a great trip, see you at the next one! :)

      November 4, 2013

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