Presentation Title

Getting beneath the surface: a holistic discussion on beauty and the commercialization of perfection.

Faculty Mentor

Alan Page Fiske

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:15 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:30 AM

Location

Markstein 211

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The rapid development of the commercialization of beauty has played a large role in constructing cultural frameworks by which beauty is distinguished and created a limited barometer by which individuals can liken commercial beauty in their own lives to. This presentation seeks to challenge the contemporary narrative of beauty through an examination of embodied and ingrained human experiences of beauty and by evaluating the notion of beauty through a diverse range of biological and cultural lenses. Drawing from case studies in different disciplines such as biology, psychology, philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, this presentation will discuss different perspectives on aesthetic appreciation and analyze different facets of beauty derived from a diverse range of cultures. The argument will begin with historical definitions of beauty, followed by a discussion of the sensory and biological experience of beauty. Societal expectations of beauty are then discussed as they pertain to gender and age, followed by a discussion of character attributes and behaviors that are considered beautiful within different cultural frameworks. The discussion then examines aesthetic taste and body manipulation for the purpose of maintaining attractiveness. The perception of beauty is then placed in the context of space and time by investigating human interaction with the environment and the influence of cultural memory on the perception of beauty. Finally, contemporary conceptions of beauty are evaluated through the beauty industry including cosmetics, plastic surgery and fitness as well as a discussion on media influence on beauty ideals and personal body image. Evaluating the notion of beauty from a multifaceted approach exposes its relative and malleable nature, affording a more critical eye to those exposed to constant advertisement of a one size fits all model of beauty. Understanding the holistic approach to beauty can in turn lead to a reconstruction of the confining discourse of beauty, lending itself more readily to heterogeneity and opening up the podium to aesthetic values that are more authentic to the human experience.

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Nov 23rd, 10:15 AM Nov 23rd, 10:30 AM

Getting beneath the surface: a holistic discussion on beauty and the commercialization of perfection.

Markstein 211

The rapid development of the commercialization of beauty has played a large role in constructing cultural frameworks by which beauty is distinguished and created a limited barometer by which individuals can liken commercial beauty in their own lives to. This presentation seeks to challenge the contemporary narrative of beauty through an examination of embodied and ingrained human experiences of beauty and by evaluating the notion of beauty through a diverse range of biological and cultural lenses. Drawing from case studies in different disciplines such as biology, psychology, philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, this presentation will discuss different perspectives on aesthetic appreciation and analyze different facets of beauty derived from a diverse range of cultures. The argument will begin with historical definitions of beauty, followed by a discussion of the sensory and biological experience of beauty. Societal expectations of beauty are then discussed as they pertain to gender and age, followed by a discussion of character attributes and behaviors that are considered beautiful within different cultural frameworks. The discussion then examines aesthetic taste and body manipulation for the purpose of maintaining attractiveness. The perception of beauty is then placed in the context of space and time by investigating human interaction with the environment and the influence of cultural memory on the perception of beauty. Finally, contemporary conceptions of beauty are evaluated through the beauty industry including cosmetics, plastic surgery and fitness as well as a discussion on media influence on beauty ideals and personal body image. Evaluating the notion of beauty from a multifaceted approach exposes its relative and malleable nature, affording a more critical eye to those exposed to constant advertisement of a one size fits all model of beauty. Understanding the holistic approach to beauty can in turn lead to a reconstruction of the confining discourse of beauty, lending itself more readily to heterogeneity and opening up the podium to aesthetic values that are more authentic to the human experience.