Summary of this post – objective physical beauty does in fact exist, and it is biologically driven for the most part. This does not mean that subjective beauty does not exist at the same time, because it does. Also just because someone does not match objective physical beauty standards it does not mean that can’t be beautiful in other ways.
Plato famously said “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. This is a question that Plato and many philosophers have asked for centuries. I have actually held an opinion on this question since being in high school (over 20 years ago) and while my opinion has been refined a bit, it basically has remained the same.
Let me be clear before I begin, that in this post for the most part we will be discussing physical outward beauty, and not as much the inward beauty of the mind and soul. In other posts I will touch on inward beauty as well. This will be the first post in a series of posts I will be writing dealing with the subjects of beauty, body image and physical sexual attraction.
Also in this post I am discussing beauty as it relates to sexual attractiveness in human beings, as opposed to animals…
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