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Etcoff synthesizes a fascinating array of scientific research and cultural analysis in support of her thesis. Psychologists find that babies stare significantly longer at the faces adults find appealing, while the mothers of "attractive" babies display more intense bonding behaviors. The symmetrical face of average proportions may have become the optimal design because of evolutionary pressures operating against population extremes. Gentlemen may prefer blondes not so much for their hair color as for the fairness of their skin--which makes it easier to detect the flush of sexual excitement. And high heels accentuate a woman's breasts and buttocks, signaling fertility. Is beauty programmed into our brain circuits as a proxy for health and youth? In marked contrast to other writers like Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth), Etcoff argues that it is, noting, "Rather than denigrate one source of women's power, it would seem far more useful for feminists to attempt to elevate all sources of women's power." --Patrizia DiLucchio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Surprisingly engaging. Used this for a class and really made me think long and hard outside of the classroom.Published 3 months ago by Arith Turner
Informative book of depth and dimension. Good price. Mint condition.Published 3 months ago by Ferne D. Spence
This is very much a biological determinist view of sexual attractiveness. More and more, we are seeing that attractiveness is much more cultural, than most people think. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sean D
This book came out in the year 2000 and is peppered with references to 90s models. Ultimately, it became quite repetitive to me - we get it, people are geared toward rewarding... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lalelilolu
Nancy Etcoff's "Survival of the Prettiest" argues that beauty is not a social construct but that human beings are hardwired to recognize people and things as beautiful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Billie Pritchett
Although this movie has a solid plot and narrative rhythm, it is the line up of Hollywood megastars that carry its weight. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shai
Contrary to what many people think there are certain features of the human body and face that have always been considered attractive, in all cultures. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Neuron
Love this! Informative and so very interesting. I highly recommend this book!Published 14 months ago by Neva
This book was well written for anyone who has any interest in the topic. As a non-expert, I was able to understand Etcoff's explanations.Published 20 months ago by kate