December 11, 2016
Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person’s physical features are considered aestheticallypleasing or beautiful. The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from either. There are many factors which influence one person’s attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them. Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all humancultures, as well as aspects that are culturally and socially dependent, along with individual subjective preferences.
In many cases, humans subconsciously attribute positive characteristics, such as intelligence and honesty, to physically attractive people. From research done in the United States and United Kingdom, it was found that the association between intelligence and physical attractiveness is stronger among men than among women. Evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also, on average, be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness. A person’s physical characteristics can signal cues to fertility and health. Attending to these factors increases reproductive success, furthering the representation of one’s genes in the population.
Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who are shorter than they are, have a youthful appearance, and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio. Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are, display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, and who have broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.
“Hottie” is a slang term used originally to describe a sexually attractive woman. Originally coined by rapper Kool Moe Dee in his 1987 track “Go See the Doctor” (Source: Oxford Historical Dictionary of American Slang). In the hip-hop community, the term originally was only applied to females, and still does to this day, but the term was later adopted by white American teens to describe both attractive young males and females.
“Pump it, hottie. Pump it, pump it hottie.”
– Redhead Kingpin from Redhead Kingpin and the FBI’s 1989 rap song “Pump It Hottie”, about ladies doing their thing on the dancefloor.