Re: BOOKS: Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
Fri, 10 Sep 1999 17:49:55 -0400

Eliezer writes:
>I'd be slightly surprised to find that homosexual beauty standards
>evolve. Right?

I attended a fascinating panel discussion in June on the topic of the development of body image among gay men and in male photography. Based on the insightful commentary from the panel, comprised of photographers, intellectuals, and psychologists, I can say that, yes, homosexual beauty standards evolve. And not for the same reasons that heterosexual beauty standards evolve. They are simultaneously exploring paths of machismo and androgyny in ways that only tangentially show up in mainstream culture, usually in the realm of fashion such as Calvin Klein ads.

Kathryn Aegis