by qmonkey

physical beauty is a zero sum game.
ideals may vary through time and cultures
but if all are beautiful then none are.
or at least it becomes a compliment of little weight.
when Aguilera sings 'I am beautiful no matter what they say'
she misunderstands that ‘their’ opinion is central to the concept
there is of course room for personal preference and fetish
but feelings of rancour that surface when we see a pretty woman or handsome man
is because their presence forces us down a notch on the scale.
beauty is not static, it is relative and can diminish