Why is beauty so important to human endeavors? And to whom is granted the duty of judgment in this endeavors? We can trace the origins of beauty and ornamentation to many cultures and regions of the earth. For example, we can thank the Middle Eastern Arab and Berber tribesmen of North Africa for giving us the use of eyeliner and mascara. Born out of necessity, the use of eyeliner and mascara was needed to keep sand and the beating of the harsh sun out of the eyes of both men and women.
In addition, Arab-Bedouin culture gave use of lipstick as part of woman's beauty. Women wore lipstick in order to enhance their beauty and to make them more alluring to the gentleman callers. Hence, the use of lipstick was created to imitate a woman's genital lips.
Of course, we can go to Asia and see the use of feet bonding in ancient Chinese people. This was a sign of beauty in the male-dominated hierarchy. We can see in Japanese and Chinese theaters many of the male actors took on female roles as geisha girls. While these may also be valid, there is a more important historical reason behind the habit - and it had to do with Japanese women dyeing their teeth black in a practice called Ohaguro. There is archaeological evidence showing Ohaguro was practiced as early as the Kofun period. Again, we see why beauty is such an important part of social order.
In the west, the wearing of high heels was androgynous to men and women. The origins of the heels relate to horse riding and warriors and the ability to hold tight to the saddle.The macho men swaggered about in boots with heels, but they quickly became fashionable for rich courtiers and kings in particular."
We have covered from a historical viewpoint of the different way beauty has been expressed and whose purpose it was to be the judge of beauty and standards. This leads up to the question of shaming or do men and women share the same standards when it comes to beauty or what is a beauty. Of course, when we turn on the T.V. or open up and popular magazine we can see someone that does fit the way a large percentage of the general population. We can see that there is a double standard when women and men are compared by body standards.
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