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From an Anthropological standpoint it is extremely beneficial to understand the viewpoint and background of the person who is attempting to describing something to you.
So.
Here are the thoughts of An American living in Japan.

Im here in Tokyo, Japan for a while making a cultural documentary for children back in the states and I want to share some of my cultural findings with you, Funnyjunk.. findings that I might not be able to share with the youngins.

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#19 - But there guys are in Japan. And the masks … 10/11/2015 on iSpy the tourist. 0
#18 - In Japan they wear masks for various reasons. 1) Japan in… 10/11/2015 on iSpy the tourist. 0
#187 - Im an American Cultural anthropologist and as of right now the…  [+] (1 new reply) 10/05/2015 on touché +1
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#191 - darrenblackfox (10/05/2015) [-]
Honestly I think what you have said puts a different spin on what many consider cultural or environmental influences.

A lot of what I hear and read as far as opinions of the average person go is that those influences lead people to one specific model of beauty as a society, but what you have mentioned are the many other forms of influence which very much determine our individual preferences.

This is not to say that society as a whole does not portray one specific model as beautiful, but rather that it is not the only influence. I know that my personal preference on height of females is shorter, and it's not an attractiveness thing, it's more about how that difference would work. My overall attitude is that of a guardian or protector role, and cuddling or hugging someone taller than me offsets that part of who I am in a relationship. I know plenty of beautiful taller women but I do not consider them as viable options for a life partner simply because of the incompatibility.

I enjoy knowing and learning more, such as from your comments and the information therein, so that I can better form how I think of such subjects. We, as a society, too often stick to only one source of information and debate topics entirely based on one or two sources, that may not even be entirely related, to discuss a specific topic.

I want to thank you for your information and for your clear statement of fact and academic understanding. You've made me more well-informed.
#147 - What culture are you from out of curiosity? Ive often fou… 10/05/2015 on touché 0
#139 - Hmm. I bellieve I know the study ies you are speaking…  [+] (3 new replies) 10/05/2015 on touché +5
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#182 - darrenblackfox (10/05/2015) [-]
Thanks for the info!

I think studies like this, while not necessarily concluding that it is entirely a hardwired mentality that makes us perceive things as attractive, do show us that there is more than cultural or societal influence. Honestly, as far as the healthy factor goes, that is also thought to be one reason men prefer larger breasts. It may also contribute to why those living in poorer or less healthy environments are perceived as less attractive, because they do not present a healthy or safe life style.

This way of thinking can honestly cover the entire issue of what we find "attractive", whether it is about skin color, color of teeth, figure, etc. Healthy is attractive, and safe is mentally calming. Sure, society may use our more primal instincts and desire to attract us to certain things, but I do believe there is more to be considered than most people admit. Not to say that I have all the answers, but rather that we should not close our minds to only one set of reasons. The color of ones eyes are determined by multiple genes, and similarly most everything in life is caused not by one factor but by many.
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#187 - livefromtokyo (10/05/2015) [-]
Im an American Cultural anthropologist and as of right now the scientific thought is that "nurture" has much more influence than on sexual preferences than "nature".

And you absolutely correct in think that there are a never ending supply of reasons that we find ourselves attractive to the people the way that we do.

While the evolutionary advantage makes sense to a point- it is also well known that a child or baby ,to survive, tries to adapt and learn from it's parents as quickly as it can. As baby mammals shadow and follow their parents around to learn what is good to eat and what is poisonous - pack animals like humans (who also stay with the parents for much longer periods) place their importance in belonging to the group.

A baby, as it grows, learns to micmic and perceive the world through what its parents have taught it and shown it. (Why some babies/toddlers/children prefer people that look like their parents.) and later on sometimes the opposite if the child had bad memories with their parents.

Example: My family (aside from me) is athletic. especially my mother. she has been doing marathon's since her teenage years. Saying that, my brother prefers athletic builds in females who have petite frames. aka. He prefers Ballerina bodies.

As the child grows, so does its "world". Peers opinions become much more important. Media has a huge influence on the public that is under it- and quite unknowingly.


(it is understand by the academic world that while symmetrical faces are attractive from early birth perhaps as evolutionary safeguard - preferences on color or eyes, skin, hair- or height- or amount of hair are all environmental factors. (which are based upon another zillion factors- family relations, peers, people you look up to, media, geographical location, etc)
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#191 - darrenblackfox (10/05/2015) [-]
Honestly I think what you have said puts a different spin on what many consider cultural or environmental influences.

A lot of what I hear and read as far as opinions of the average person go is that those influences lead people to one specific model of beauty as a society, but what you have mentioned are the many other forms of influence which very much determine our individual preferences.

This is not to say that society as a whole does not portray one specific model as beautiful, but rather that it is not the only influence. I know that my personal preference on height of females is shorter, and it's not an attractiveness thing, it's more about how that difference would work. My overall attitude is that of a guardian or protector role, and cuddling or hugging someone taller than me offsets that part of who I am in a relationship. I know plenty of beautiful taller women but I do not consider them as viable options for a life partner simply because of the incompatibility.

I enjoy knowing and learning more, such as from your comments and the information therein, so that I can better form how I think of such subjects. We, as a society, too often stick to only one source of information and debate topics entirely based on one or two sources, that may not even be entirely related, to discuss a specific topic.

I want to thank you for your information and for your clear statement of fact and academic understanding. You've made me more well-informed.
#116 - To add to what you said I worked on some police … 10/05/2015 on touché +1
#114 - When you generaize an entire race- it is racist. It has nothin…  [+] (2 new replies) 10/05/2015 on touché +1
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#143 - putindispencerhere (10/05/2015) [-]
No, that's stereotyping.
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#147 - livefromtokyo (10/05/2015) [-]
What culture are you from out of curiosity?
Ive often found that view and connotation of what constitutes as rasicm changes from culture to culture. Here's an awesome explanation/example that a few of my buddies created: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqtS3hSwq3o

Well, actually, you see you see actually Racism is a TYPE of Sterotyping.
Stereotype is a thought that can be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things.

When that thought is adopted about black people or white it is called racism.
When that thought is adopted about old people it is called ageism.
#107 - It’s interesting to see everyone way-in on IF black people r…  [+] (1 new reply) 10/05/2015 on touché +14
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#148 - amonlavtar (10/05/2015) [-]
That is sad to read
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