But to claim that society tells us what is attractive is naive. Some things (and some people) are inherently more attractive than others.
Let me burst your bubble here: It's a FACT that society tells its people what to find attractive.
What you find attractive is based at least somewhat on cultural norms and the things you have been exposed to throughout your life within your particular culture and society. You have your own individual tastes, but they are influenced by what society says and demonstrates to be attractive or not attractive.
So when you say "some things (and some people) are inherently more attractive than others", this is only true because society has dictated it to be the case.
To make this more clear: Several hundred years ago large women were considered more attractive because society valued them as they were considered well-fed and therefore likely to be from affluence (as you wouldn't be well-fed if you couldn't afford the food back then).
Now those women are not considered to be supremely attractive at all by most of society. If you took the thin models considered supremely attractive today and put them in that society, they wouldn't be as attractive - not just to the society, but to the individuals within that society who have assimilated their own feelings on attractiveness from that society.
2/6/2013 2:04 PM (edited)