Re: the beauty myth

Christine Malcom (
Tue, 11 Apr 1995 22:56:04 GMT

In article <3ma82p$>,
Joni R Beaulieu <JRB8947@UTARLG.UTA.EDU> wrote:
>absolut skeptic ( wrote:
>: I've always wondered if the idea of beauty is biologically determined
>: or mostly culturally influenced.
>: Has any anthropologist tried to find the answer ??
Well, depends on what you mean by beauty. From a population genetics standpoint
the desire to mate with 'the beautiful' is thought to be based on an attraction to the phenotypically similar other (i.e. Positive Assortive Mating). PAM goes
on in lots of places in the animal kingdom, so that would be the biological
component. Of course, that's a really incomplete answer, as all must be.


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