Perceptions of Beauty in Relation to Sexual Preference

This topic submitted by Nicole Schmidt (whatsinaname419@yahoo.com) at 9:04 pm on 2/2/02. Additions were last made on Wednesday, April 17, 2002. Section: Myers.

Is beauty the same in the eyes' of beholders with different sexual natures? For my final project I plan to research and thoroughly test both homosexual and heterosexual people to see if there are any distinct trends in the way each population judges and percieves beauty. I predict that the heterosexual population of Miami University (city of Oxford) will have a much more selective and rigid idea of what beauty is than the homosexual population, who I believe are generally inclined to find beauty outside of cultural norms. I expect to research the topic of beauty in its two main forms; aesthetics and inner beauty. From this research I will design questionaires to hand out to an equal number of community members from each category of sexual preference. I will also set up a web page or mass email in order to send my poll to people in other cultures and places around the country and the world. After formulating my data into pictoral representations, I will draw conclusions, try to explain my results in terms of natural selection, and reevaluate my hypothesis.

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