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Beauty by Susan Sontag What is our definition of what is beautiful? How much does our definition of beauty come from the media? TV, Film, Magazines, Web?

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1 Beauty by Susan Sontag What is our definition of what is beautiful? How much does our definition of beauty come from the media? TV, Film, Magazines, Web? Toys? (Barbie & Ken)

2 Women in Prehistory The Venus of Willendorf, c. 24,000-22,000 BCE, Oolitic Limestone, 4 3/8 inches (11.1 cm) high. Museum of Natural History, Vienna. The sculpture shows a woman with a large stomach that overhangs, and a roll of fat extends around her middle, joining with large but rather flat buttocks Her thighs are large and pressed together down to the knees. Her forearms are think and draped over holding her cleavage, while small markings on her wrists indicate the presence of bracelets. Her breasts are full and appear soft, but they are not sagging and pendulous. C.L. Witcombe witcombe.sbc.edu/willdendorfwoman.html

3 Greek versus Modern Views What is the difference between the Greeks and our Modern view of beauty? Greeks: whole person, inner & outer beauty, expect beauty = good. Modern: not holistic, inner vs. outer, surprised if beauty = good.

4 Music / Media comment on Beauty … You are Beautiful AfyFTzZDMM AfyFTzZDMM I m Too Sexy lHRCNJsxU lHRCNJsxU Men as beautiful – what is your response? Can women and men be beautiful? What do the girls & guys in the room think? Feminization of beauty? What is the different between male or female beauty? How is beauty defined or portrayed? (image: Lady Gaga, Born this Way ). What is it to be feminine or masculine? Critically examine cultural and literary bias.


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