From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"One very interesting generalization is that in most societies the physical beauty of the female receives more explicit consideration than does the handsomeness of the male. The attractiveness of the man usually depends predominantly upon his skills and prowess rather than upon his physical appearance." (Ford, 1951, p. 86)
"The clergy has not stakes enough, the people insults, the child stones, for the unhappy being. The poet, no less a child, throws yet another stone at her, a crueller one still for a woman. Gratuitously insulting, he makes her out always old and ugly. The very word Sorceress or Witch calls up the image of the Weird Sisters of Macbeth. Yet the cruel witch trials prove exactly the opposite; many perished just because they were young and pretty." --La Sorcière (1862) by Jules Michelet
This page features concepts linked to physical attractiveness of women. In Western culture, Helen of Troy is often attributed the title of most beautiful woman, while Venus is regarded as the most beautiful goddess.
- On the Beauty of Women by the Italian writer Agnolo Firenzuola
- Die Schönheit des Weiblichen Körpers by by Carl Heinrich Stratz
- "Thirty beauties of a woman", a passage featured in Lives of Fair and Gallant Ladies by Brantôme
- User:Jahsonic/Excerpt on the female beauty ideal from Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4
- Ideal Portrait of a Woman, title of various paintings
- Five Maidens of Croton, a popular myth about the Greek painter Zeuxis
- "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman"
- Pretty Woman, a 1990 American romantic comedy motion picture
- "The death ... of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world", a dictum by Edgar Allen Poe