12. joulukuuta 2014


Alla olevassa lainauksessa viitataan Nancy Etcoff:in mielekiintoiseen Survival of the Prettiest kirjaa, josta ei varmaan Naomi Wolf tykkää, jota voi vähän lukea ilmaiseksi Google Book:sta.
So what does it take to be labeled attractive? Dr. Paltzer considers hair an important factor. He notes that it’s the last thing we look at or fuss with before a meeting or social engagement. Another person's hair is one of the first characteristics we notice upon meeting.

Nancy Etcoff. PhD, sums it up with the title of her book, “Survival of the Prettiest.” She notes that cavemen chose their mates on the basis of survival. In other words, which woman was likely to give him the healthiest children, ensuring that his tribe would multiply? He could size her up in an instant, and she was likely to have healthy shiny hair, sparkling eyes, good skin, good teeth, an ample bosom, and a shapely figure made for child-bearing.
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This study advances understanding of how a normative feminine beauty ideal is maintained through cultural products such as fairy tales. Using Brothers Grimm's fairy tales, the authors explore the extent and ways in which “feminine beauty” is highlighted. Next, they compare those tales that have survived (e.g., Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty) with those that have not to determine whether tales that have been popularized place more emphasis on women's beauty. The findings suggest that feminine beauty is a dominant theme and that tales with heavy emphases on feminine beauty are much more likely to have survived. These findings are interpreted in light of changes in women's social status over the past 150 years and the increased importance of establishing forms of normative social control to maintain a gender system.