The Knight of the Silver Scepter

Aesthetics is the science derived from Metaphysics that studies beauty. I shall now discuss various aspects of human beauty without too much formality. I want to emphasize that my intention is merely scientific. I will not focus too much on the constitution, including breasts, abs or glutes, but rather on the hair and face. I apply concepts I learned in my first career as a historian.

One often thinks that attraction is random or arbitrary, but this is not so. Various theories have been developed about falling in love. Materialists, for example, think that everything is a mere evolutionary strategy to perpetuate the species. Instead, there are those who think that you are looking for the person who most resembles you or you fall in love with whom you long to be.

Many psychologists believe that the basis is in childhood but I do not know to what extent that is true. What is clear is that attraction is determined largely by the psychology of a person. If I want to believe that a "piercing" makes a woman attractive, my mind will end up believing it. If I want to believe that a 90-60-90 woman is beautiful, I will end up thinking.

Before globalization, inbreeding was more prevalent. People left little of their place of birth. That's why I used to feel more attraction to people from the same context. As Rheinheimer points out in the modern age, gypsies were described as ugly people and from other sources we know that in China women used to squeeze their feet to reduce them. Until recently, European women wore corsets. In Myanmar we find cervical stretching.

Erythrism or rutilismo, that is to say, the condition of the people with the red hair derives from a gene mutation MC1R; That is why it often produces rejection. Of course, one should never resort to undue generalizations. The exoticism of the blond woman led the Greeks and the Romans to turn it into their ideal of beauty. In fact, Aphrodite or Venus are presented as blond women. The fascination with the exotic ensures that no one is untangled.

Unlike many scientists, I have always believed that early humans could not have body hair. Since I am not an evolutionist, nor a creationist, as I have said before, I do not think this is a vestigial character that relates us to other primates. That would explain a strange habit of hair removal among the ancients. The Egyptians used hippo fat or coagulated blood.

Hair removal is not as advantageous as circumcision, which was ritual in character. The Greeks used pumice or creams made from ash, minerals, resin or blood. They could also burn the hairs. The courtesans, as they might have been Aspasia, Friné, Tais or Targelia used the "dropax", a cream based of land of Cyprus and Vinegar.

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The Romans also used it along with tar or "philotrum", resins and tweezers called "volsella". In the public baths there were special depilation rooms. The "alipilarius" were slaves responsible for the depilation of prostitutes. Other civilizations in which we find depilation are the araucana, the avipón, the china, the guenaken, the puelche and the tehuelche. Knives, tweezers, or scissors were used.

I find it obvious that the attraction of certain women to male body hair is a cultural issue, because it is totally meaningless. Someone could say that it is a consequence of evolution because, unconsciously, you are choosing who produces more testosterone but, in that case, the question "why does hair removal exist?".

Looking for the ideal woman

To the question "is there an ideal woman?" I say "yes, just as there is an ideal man." However, they are just that, ideas based on the above, the presence of dominant characters. Our ideal woman, whom we will call here "Eve", should therefore be a reflection of the natural ideal of beauty. Based on what was analyzed, it would be characterized by an oval face; The type of eyebrows commonly called "sensual"; Scanty hair; White teeth, sign of good habits like saying no to the table; Fine pink lips, a sign of good health; Greek nose; dark eyes; Hair shiny, long, smooth, black, loose, without wicks or braids; Golden skin and short, well-groomed nails. Similar women inspire you to write verses ... Of course, the woman on foot does not wear as much makeup as actresses and models. Is this a positive or negative fact? The truth is that makeup does not have to be always bad. It allows to hide imperfections like grains or moles, considered, by the way, an ideal of beauty in other historical periods.

We have seen how the use of makeup gives rise to debates of ethical and ecological type. There are those who say it favors the creation of misleading advertising. Leaving this issue aside, I want to demonstrate the above-mentioned beauty patterns are more common than what, a priori, one would think.

The anti-Eve or Lilith, I believe, is also present the subconscious of a lot of cultures. It would have a square face, thick eyebrows, a lot of hair, yellowish teeth, thick or very thin lips, gibbous nose, green eyes, short hair, very short, curly, red, collected, with locks and braids, very dark skin and long fingernails. Albinism, amputation, anorexia, baldness, disability, dwarfism, strabismus, gigantism, overweight or vigorexia produce rejection.

Having any of these characteristics does not make women more Ugly, indeed, some people have thought otherwise. Strabismus was considered beautiful among the Maya, and today, the Mozambicans consider it beautiful to resemble a corpse or mutilated being. In Nigeria, obesity is seen in a positive way.

Looking for the ideal man

  • Adam Floyd