2013-12-23

beauty and the beast: what's the evolutionary psychology's reason for men preferring beautiful women?

saw a tweet on Chinese weibo, saying that the worst is for you (men) to worry about your looks, because, women don't care. They care about your ability, personality, your commitment to her.

true enough. (is this critically true? well, i think so, but not gonna worry about that now) What got me thinking, is what's the reason that men care about women's looks, but in particular, she be beautiful, not just young.

men like young, and that's because only young ones have more chance of reproduction. But why beautiful? well, youth and beauty are connected, but, the thing is, say there are 5 college teens walking on a street, and say one has the looks of models, but the others are rather ugly. The most beautiful one will be our focus. What's the evolutionary psychology's explanation for this?

O, btw, have you heard of “beauty and the beast”? It's a perennial tale, in fairy tales, folk lores, or today, in movies, novels, posters, comics. (⁖ phamtom of the opera) Male, can be extremely ugly, even a monster, and there can be love between him and a most beautiful girl. However, you never hear a story of a hero loving a ugly or old woman. This reflects our behavior.

#feminism

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