May. 30th, 2016

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Is there an argument that cosmetic natural selection is more brutal for men than it is for women? Controlling for fitness level, is it not easier for a woman to appear attractive because the cultural tendency has been heavy makeup to obscure asymmetry/natural complexion and highlight things like eyelashes and lips?

This idea keeps popping up every once in awhile, and I really can't find anything that has been written about it. On the surface, at least, it does seem that there's an argument appearance standards are more brutal for men in this regard - once again, not getting into fitness level and body image as a whole, because there's some arguments that body image and fitness are more brutal for women, and more lenient for men (although this is almost silly on a fundamental level, because thanks to testosterone, men have an easier time with getting and staying in shape in the first place.)

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