(repostan for great justice and minor changes) If you’ve ever read the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, about a futuristic society obsessed with “equality,” meaning that no longer should people be judged on physical attractiveness, you will be familiar with the multitudes of surgery that youngsters must go through upon reaching adulthood. Before they come of age, however, they are often obsessed with how the surge will change them. Tally, the main character, often played around with software that showed what potential changes to her face and body could look like. One such feature is the act of taking one side of the face and mirroring it to make the subject’s face completely symmetrical, and the user could then make a preference about their “good side.”
This idea of facial symmetry is rooted in science, and in the fact that humans find symmetry to be aesthetically appealing. In fact, when this symmetry is made more noticeable by a very light mark, such as a mole or freckle, thus making it slightly asymmetrical, we find the face even more attractive.
I have here 3 photos of my face. The first is my face as it always is. The second is the left side of my face, mirrored as closely as I can to make it look natural. Lastly is the right side of my face, also mirrored. Strange how the most miniscule changes stand out when placed side-by-side like this, isn’t it? Eye size, jaw structure, and even nose width differ from side to side. Nobody, and no body, is perfect.
Have you checked your good side lately?