I’ve been having a conversation about relationships with a guy I consider to be an online friend. In a recent email he mentioned that he finds the majority of women unattractive, perhaps due in part to being overly fond of anime and the proportions of women/girls contained therein. Shapely cartoon females aside, I thought this to be an odd way of reacting to such a large segment of one’s own species, especially given that there are so very many body types.
This way of looking at others is also quite different than my own, as I have thusfar in life been capable of finding something attractive about everyone I meet. I have worked with, learned with, been friends with, and simply spoken to people who are not conventionally attractive. But the acne-faced teenager with dermatitis may have beautiful eyes. The 70 year old man, for all his wrinkles, may have a most shapely chin. The obese woman, despite her overabundance of weight, may have incredibly smooth skin. There are a number of body parts, any of which can led beauty to an otherwise plain canvas of humanity. Well-formed hips and kind eyes. Lustrous hair or a nice nose. Full lips, toned arms and muscular legs…even just the way someone’s face lights up when they smile, or how their laugh spreads warmly over a room.
Yes, everyone in the world has something beautiful about them, and I hope that after reading this you will be able to see it in everyone you meet as well, if you don’t already. Perhaps if everyone could appreciate their bodies for the glorious potential they all hold, we as a society would be able to eradicate eating disorders and unnecessary plastic surgery. What do you think, dear readers?