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WHAT IS APPEALING?:SEX AND RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN PERCEPTIONS OF THE PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS OF WOMEN

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2011
Abstract/Description:
In today's society a beauty ideal exists in America, which attempts to define female beauty as fitting into a certain mold. Certain characteristics have been deemed the most attractive when it comes to female physical attractiveness, and an ideal image of beauty has been presented by the media. This research focuses on whether or not everyone buys into that beauty ideal, and examines the impact that a person's sex and race has on the physical characteristics which that individual defines as the most appealing. Surveys were administered to 300 UCF students age 18-35. Participants were asked about ten different physical characteristics relating to women, and were asked to choose the characteristic among each group that they found the most physically attractive or beautiful. The study showed that both sex and racial differences do exist, and that there are variations in what different people consider beautiful. Not everyone has the same opinion on what is attractive in regards to the physical appearance of women.
Title: WHAT IS APPEALING?:SEX AND RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN PERCEPTIONS OF THE PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS OF WOMEN.
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Name(s): Sewell, Rachel, Author
Donley, Amy, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In today's society a beauty ideal exists in America, which attempts to define female beauty as fitting into a certain mold. Certain characteristics have been deemed the most attractive when it comes to female physical attractiveness, and an ideal image of beauty has been presented by the media. This research focuses on whether or not everyone buys into that beauty ideal, and examines the impact that a person's sex and race has on the physical characteristics which that individual defines as the most appealing. Surveys were administered to 300 UCF students age 18-35. Participants were asked about ten different physical characteristics relating to women, and were asked to choose the characteristic among each group that they found the most physically attractive or beautiful. The study showed that both sex and racial differences do exist, and that there are variations in what different people consider beautiful. Not everyone has the same opinion on what is attractive in regards to the physical appearance of women.
Identifier: CFH0004117 (IID), ucf:44862 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-12-01
B.A.
Sciences, Dept. of Sociology
Bachelors
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Subject(s): attractiveness
physical attractiveness
attraction
physical attraction
sex differences
racial differences
appealing
beauty
ideal image
beauty ideal
female beauty
female attractiveness
female physical attractiveness
physical characteristics
appearance
physical appearance
physical appearance of women
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH0004117
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Host Institution: UCF

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