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Kristen81
« on: January 15, 2006 10:59:11 PM »

I am giving my friend a hand with a project for her "Psychology of Women" course.  She is doing her term project on the world's differing ideals as far as body image and body ideals.

She is studying how different countries and cultures view the female form.  How different parts of the world see different shapes as "ideal".

I was curious how in such a diverse board as this would contribute to this.

I thought...we could help her out by posting what we see as ideal...I thought this would give her an idea of personal preference as well, she could then have a comparison as to what the "country or cultural general preference" (or what's generally seems to be preferred) vs. what individuals might think.

I'll start...(oh, maybe to save bandwidth we should post url's instead of pics here). 



I'm in Canada, I'm 24 years old, female.  Here is what I see:

http://www.brandewyne.com/images/castle/bedroom/bdrm_courbetswomanwithaparrot.jpg
I like the pose in this painting, She looks so free in her expression and comfortable in her skin.

http://info-poland.buffalo.edu/classroom/Huss/K.jpg
In this picture I like her arms.  I look at her and I think she would be kind and there would be strength in her embrace. 



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MissMeshell
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2006 11:45:49 PM »

This sounds really interesting, I'll have a think.
Do you want forms from art/paintings? or any imagery...like from advertising or what not too?

And I agree with the arms in the second pic, fantastic Smiley That looks like a really strong woman.

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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006 09:30:22 AM »

Anything is fine...not restricted to art, media, magazines anything!

Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006 09:47:19 AM »

Not only cultural differences, but generation difference aswell.

Are you talking about young adults? All ages?

Because there sure is a big difference between young adult body image and our grandparent's body image.
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Kristen81
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2006 11:08:31 AM »

Wow!

What a good point!  I'll be sure to mention that to her.  I think she was looking at mainly today's generation.  She also mentioned how western culture in influencing other cultures and standards of beauty as well. 

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Because there sure is a big difference between young adult body image and our grandparent's body image.

I can see exactly what you mean...I mean look at Marylin Monroe vs.  some of today's "sex" symbols! 
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006 12:28:31 AM »

I really like the idea of this post. Let me just go and do a little bit of thinking about this one, coz I am a nerd and really enjoy thinking about these types of things.

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