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Episode transcript and foot notes below:
I’m Charles Mendelson, the owner of Seattle Holistic Beauty, and welcome to our Vlog Kallosophia. The name comes from the Ancient Greek words Kallos, which means beauty, and Sophos, which means wisdom, so combined it roughly translates to the Wisdom of Beauty.
A lot of people think of human aesthetics as a relatively superficial subject
I think this happened for a few reasons; one of them is this pervasive cultural idea that it’s what’s inside that counts. That’s undoubtedly true, but it isn’t the whole story. Consequently, we all feel a little guilty when we prioritize external beauty. Another reason is that women tend to focus more on beauty and aesthetics than men, and as with many things in our culture, spaces that are predominantly viewed as feminine are often seen as of secondary importance. Lastly, it’s almost impossible to discuss human aesthetics in any great depth without encountering significant legacies of racism and uncomfortable standards, which causes many of us to avoid the subject altogether. Unfortunately, this leaves entrenched a number of incredibly problematic aesthetic standards, and hopefully by shining light on them, we will help expand what society writ large views as beautiful
Before going any further, we need need an operational definition of beauty. The definition I like is this: beauty is an unspoken communication that signals our health, and our social status, and we are going to examine that definition in much greater details in later videos.
And contrary to what we might think, beauty occupies a vital and underexamined place in our cultural landscape.
Human Aesthetics exists at the intersection of:
the fashion industry
the obesity crisis
cultural and sexual chauvinism
Throughout this series we will explore all of these concepts and how they relate to how we see ourselves and how we see others, and hopefully gain a greater insight into what makes us all beautiful.
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Foot notes: https://mic.com/articles/106452/all-of-these-fashion-magazine-covers-have-one-thing-in-common#.8MRGJcwx3