Beauty is commonly defined as the aesthetic quality of certain objects that makes these objects pleasant to see. Such objects could be sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and creative works of art. Beauty, with art and beauty, is currently the most prominent topic of aesthetics, among the major branches of aesthetics. It is also one of the most debated and controversial topics in today’s culture.
European aesthetic thinking and beauty standards can be traced back to the days of the Renaissance. The beauty standard for the times was centered on the Greek philosopher Aristotle. He believed that beauty existed in the mind of the person, rather than in material things.
In the late 19th century, German philosopher Martin Heidegger wrote about the ‘merely beautiful.’ According to Heidegger, beauty was determined by the extent to which a thing satisfies the human mind, as opposed to satisfying the physical needs of the body. In other words, beauty consisted of a subjective quality that was not dependent on any object. For Heidegger, the only thing that could be considered beautiful was human beauty. This created a divide between what was considered beautiful and what was not, thus leading to two main schools of thought in the later half of the twentieth century.
Most Barbie dress up games centered on beauty. You would see many Barbie dress up games featuring women with a very simple appearance. Usually pale skin and white hair were using to enhance the lack of natural beauty of these Barbie dolls. However, as time progresses, more complex hairstyles and clothing are being added to the list of Barbie dolls that are considered to be beautiful.
The majority of people born within the modern western era will never have to worry about beauty. This is because their bodies will never be covered with anything other than their own skin and hair. In fact, they may even choose to use make up to hide some imperfections. It is only those who suffer from a less than perfect appearance that need to see beauty in a completely different light. Those who suffer from visible facial flaws such as acne, wrinkles, or age spots must see beauty in an entirely different way to be able to accept themselves as beautiful.
With all things considered, the most attractive feature among all women is still the physical beauty that can be seen in a human body. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, all women are considered to be beautiful no matter what. One of the most difficult aspects of viewing other people as beautiful is the need to not be perceived as imperfect. After all, beauty encompasses more than just the physical exterior. It is also an ability to look at other people as themselves and to love them for who they are without trying to change themselves in some way. It is an ability that all humans are born with but which may be missing due to many factors including culture, trauma, and the natural aging process.
For example, many in the western world would consider a thin female figure to be unattractive while beauty of African American women is often criticized for being gaunt. The beauty ideals of the European and American women are very different, though both groups share a desire to see the beauty in every form. The differences between the two groups in regard to beauty are subtle, and it will probably continue to be a source of conflict until more universal beauty ideals are created. As with anything that exists in nature, though, beauty will always remain a subjective idea that varies between individuals and varies across cultures.