The Concept of Beauty in the Human Body
Beauty is the one aspect of a person’s life that has the power to make him happy or miserable. Many people consider beauty to be an inner quality of a person; some even consider it to be the source of one’s personality. However, beauty is often defined as the aesthetic objectification of certain qualities that makes those objects pleasurable to see. These objects include sunsets, landscapes, beautiful humans and works of artistic art. Beauty, along with personal taste and art, is the most important theme of aesthetics, among the most important branches of social science.
Beauty in human bodies: Human bodies are extremely complex and intricate systems of interrelated bones, organs and muscles, and so there is no one universal beauty that can be identified, although many theories have been formulated over time. According to Richard Lazarus, “We cannot say that beauty is identical with human beauty. Neither can we say that the one is necessarily more beautiful than the other, or that they are equally beautiful. The word ‘beauty’ comes from the Greek word “gorgia” that means a lustrous form.” And, according biologist Alfred Kinsey, “Beauty is nothing more than the subjective feeling of possession of a favorable body area.”
Defined by these two theories, art exists as a subjective experience, and the definition of beauty varies from one culture to another, and even from one individual to another. But regardless of these definitions, beauty remains as one essential characteristic of human beings. In this day and age, however, the concept of beauty has become a commodity. Although the concept of beauty is considered art, a certain public relations theory is needed to explain the reasons behind why we value and appreciate certain art forms over others.