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Old 02-09-2008, 12:41 AM   #41
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Originally posted by AttnKleinkind
I mean, even from an evolutionary standpoint, aren't you supposed to be attracted to someone healthy as opposed to someone who looks sick and is wasting away?
But that alone is a societal thing. I've always been a very skinny person, I gained a little weight towards the end of my college years, both my grandmothers' said things like " you're actually looking healthy", where everyone else admitted I was heavy for my frame.

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Old 02-09-2008, 01:08 AM   #42
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But societal pressures are acting from biological ones, the cues like good complexion and symmetry are there so we can discriminate fit mates and pass fit traits for future generations (of course symmetry is mostly luck in utero).

The variation in what is sexually attractive can definitely be conditioned culturally, but the commonalities that span cultures can often be placed in an evolutionary perspective. Things like weight are fluctuating indicators of attractiveness, they have changed in time.

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