Has The Western View of Beauty Ever Changed?

August 11, 2021 update: Twitter found biased to the slim, light skinned, and young (internal link)

August 10, 2021

You read in art history books that rotund women have been preferred in centuries past and there is no denying that plump women have had their day.

There is also no denying that this preference never lasts. Sorry. Look at Botticelli’s 1485 masterpiece, The Birth of Venus. We all know it.

Venus isn’t overweight.

And then look at her face.

“This depicts the goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown (called Venus Anadyomene and often depicted in art).”

Goddess indeed. She hasn’t eaten much pizza.

Now, take a look at BB from the early 1960’s.

Now, could you tell me that Botticelli could have found any better model for Venus than BB if he was painting in the 1960’s? Of course not.

The Western taste for thin, beautiful, blonde women continues after over 500 years despite every effort of the inclusivity movement to change things. You aren’t changing human nature. It’s genetic. It’s hard wired in us. And it’s also quite fair.

I’m twenty-five pounds overweight and old. The best I can expect in a girlfriend is someone who is also old and twenty five pounds overweight. It’s up to me to lose weight if I want to improve my chances. (If I were looking.) That’s being realistic. That’s being mature.

Bardot and Bottecelli’s Venus will still be drawing men five hundred years from now. As anorexic models were a phase in modern times, the attraction to overweight women in the Renaissance was also a phase. Get over it. We know what is going on.

Men and women are drawn to each other who weigh in correct proportion to their height. You’re not going to change that. And for both men and women, lay off the pizza.

By thomasfarley01

Business writer and graphic arts gadfly.

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