Published on May 23rd, 2015 | by anonymous2
Why do women shave their bodies and wear makeup?
When do Women start altering their bodies?
On average, women, in modern society, spend almost an hour a day modifying their bodies.
Girls start wearing makeup at about 11-14 years of age.
On average, girls begin puberty at ages 10–11″
So basically girls start modifying their bodies around early to mid puberty.
How do Women alter their bodies?
Women usually modify themselves in the following ways:
- Shaving legs – Hairless legs
- Shaving under arms – Hairless under ams
- Shaving pubic area – Hairless pubic area
- Hiding facial pores with cover-up – Invisible facial pores and hide blemishes
- Putting on eyeliner – Larger appearing eyes
- Attaching fake eyelashes – Larger looking eyes and eyelashes
- Putting on lipstick – Make lips more pronounced or bigger looking lips
- Style hair – Enhance facial features
- Putting on deodorant – No under arm odor
- Putting on nail polish – Personality statement
- Applying moisturizer – Less wrinkles and make skin softer
Why do Women alter their bodies?
Why do most women have to alter their bodies to be attractive? Many theories suggest that women alter their bodies as a result of randomly following random cultural trends, but this seems very unlikely since most post-pubescent women follow the same trends cross-culturally.
In her book Femininity and Domination, Sandra Bartky suggests that
“women must take care of their skin and make it soft, smooth, hairless and wrinkle-free, they must apply make-up to disguise their skin’s imperfections. Our culture demands the ‘infantilisation’ of women’s bodies and faces” (Bartky 1990, 71–2).
Bartky is on the right track, but based on current studies and historical data, this desire for youthful perfection seems to focus most on early to late puberty, not biological childhood (infantilisation). The male desire for youthful characteristics can be seen cross-culturally and despite cultural regulations which suggests that it’s an evolved biological trait.
Understanding erotic plasticity helps explain why women may follow the same trends cross-culturally.
Erotic plasticity suggests that female sexuality tends to be passive and conform to the culture while male sexuality tends to be biologically rigid. If male sexuality is rigid and female sexuality is conforming then there’s a strong chance that male sexuality defines culture while female sexuality conforms to it. So ultimately, female tendencies to imitate youthful characteristics is driven by biologically driven male desires.
Here is a list of past and present evidence that strongly suggests that most males have in fact evolved to be attracted to juvenile traits.