NaBloPoMo Theme of the Day: Do you believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Or do you think there is a basic standard of beauty that everyone agrees upon?
I think there is a visual standard for some types of beauty, like how people are drawn to symmetrical faces and certain body proportions. It doesn't make those proportions more beautiful but history will show that the reason you'd look for that was to protect your ability to procreate with a strong blood line or to recognize a healthy individual..
Beyond that I think each person has their own personal standard for what beauty is. Made up of a hundred different contributing factors from "my grandmother had perfect posture" to "a brave heart will always look you in the eye" to seeing rich cultures mix in the overall makeup of someone.
What I don't get is the absurdity of changing one's body to conform to a social fad - Kardashian butt implants in Miami beach, faces frozen from botox or the giant lip craze that seems to be finally going out of vogue. It's not new, I remember learning about similar trends in history - Japanese bindings, American and British corsets, African branding and neck lengthening.
Maybe I am just becoming more conservative. It all comes down to taste I suppose.
(...and some people don't have any. tee hee.)