How did the beauty ideal evolve throughout the years? The ideal of the perfect human body can been seen as a result of culture. Every culture is different or differs in at least a few aspects. A lot of factors in a culture contribute to the formation of a beauty ideal. These factors can be religious functions, economy, advertisements, etcetera.
THE GOLDEN RATIO By: Caren Wynn 10/16/14 History: The golden ratio is a part of mathematics and was formed by the Greeks. There are many names that are used for the golden ratio such as; golden section, golden mean, divine proportion. The division line into “extreme and mean ratio” is important in the geometry of regular pentagrams and pentagons. The golden ratio was explored by Luca Pacioli’s book De divina proportione of 1509. Some of the twentieth-century artists including Le Corbusier have made a big portion of their work in finding the approximate golden ratio.
Wishing we could look just like that woman we see in the store’s clothing catalogue. We have created a world in which there are enormous social, psychological and economic rewards and penalties attached to the way we look. Can any of us honestly say, 'I don't want to be attractive'? “Beauty”, the philosopher David Hume declared in the mid-18th century, “is no quality in things themselves; it exists merely in the mind that contemplates them; and each mind
However, how is it good if in the process it completely annihilates the unique, special types of beauty different cultures have held at high esteem for centuries? Can generations of cultural beauty be disregarded just because of the effect of the media? Written in print like this, it sounds easy to ignore what the media puts out and protect each culture’s uniqueness; but that is not the kind of society the 21st century has shaped. According to author Deborah Rhode , “How someone looks can express religious and political values, as well as convey class and cultural identity” (Rhode), which means that things about people are often revealed through the way they look and dress. Although this may be true how can people express their ethnicity when they are trying their best to imitate Western looks?
In the article research, “The Golden Ratio Optimizes Cardio melic Form and Function” Chan and Chang contend that “Notably, both cardiac structure as well as hand proportion has been linked with Fibonacci Series and the associated Golden Ratio- the number 1.618… that has been postulated to be related to form and functional optimization” (2). In other words, the golden ratio plays a very important role in the development and function of the heart. Likewise, the divine proportion can be found in the human face. In the article, “An In-depth Investigation of the Divine Ratio” Fett claims that “The human head forms a Golden Rectangle with the eyes at the midpoint. The mouth and nose can each be placed at Golden Sections of the distance between the eyes and the
Beauty in American Society Within American society its citizens have created socially acceptable standards. What is acceptable to wear to work, what is appropriate to wear out in public, what piercings are non-demeaning or not, what places tattoos should be and whether people should have any at all are some of the various standards society has in place. Society has set standards on everything we do in life but is that right? What is considered beautiful or aesthetically pleasing plays a huge factor in these ‘standards’. The concept of beauty is not distinguishable between physically appealing characteristics due to society’s misconstrued standards and the value of what’s inside a person.
The thought is noble so as the actions. Therefore adoption should not be done in the same race and culture, rather it should be done between all types of race and cultures. This type of adoption is termed as Interracial or Transracial adoption. In my opinion, people should be open to adopting any type of children, irrespective of race and culture. There are no boundaries of human race.
For centuries, beauty was seen as a virtue in the arts. From the height of Greek art to the Renaissance to Victorian times, beauty was viewed as an eternal, transcendent quality that was highly valued in art. It was something that allowed the audience to transcend the real world into the ideal one. Today, however, it appears that within our culture we have shifted as a whole - utility has taken prevalence over beauty in life and in art. Beauty no longer sits upon the mantle of virtue but is rather cast to the wayside in everyday life as well as in contemporary art, deemed unnecessary.
What is Beauty? Many people say that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, however in today’s world, beauty resides in the eye of society. Ask yourself, what generates your perception of beauty? If you identify as one of millions of people who believe beauty only applies to the seemingly flawless girls on the front cover of a magazine or the “stick thin” women who walk the runway, you thought wrong. The media uses this idea of “beauty” to persuade what women and society should aspire to look like.