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January 29, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* This must have been some excellent TV! Can anyone find the actual video footage online?

* John Tierney and commenters muse about a perennial puzzler: Given the affection that most men have for feminine curves, why do so many women try so hard to be thin-thin-thin?

* Lynn Barber doesn't think the latest incarnation of Penthouse stands a chance.

* Agnostic (bouncing off a posting by Steve) wonders if blondes really are sexier.

* Shouting Thomas attends the motorcycle show. Pix of some of the wild and crazy mechanical beasts are here.

* Claire goes abstract.

* Rick Darby is amused by the alarm with which the MSM view the new media.

* Jake Horsley raves about "The Libertine."

* Do all our shiney, convenient new gadgets just make it easier for us to be untruthful?

* Kirsten has learned to be wary of purple fringing and detachable lens covers.

* Since we seem to have entered a world of user ratings for everything, why not user ratings for gurus?

Best,

Michael


posted by Michael at January 29, 2007




Comments

In re a biological basis for women's striving to be thin thin thin: there may be reason for men seeking out a second wife when in their 30s or 40s to look for a thin woman. Say you are 34 and, having looked around a bit, have concluded you would be best off with a woman your own age. The faded-rose woman - the voluptuous mid-30s flower who has begun, ever so slightly, to go to seed, is to my mind almost more lovely than the perfect rose. But how will she weather the next 20-30 years, as compared with her thinner sister?

When I was that 34 year old man, I voted for the latter woman. But then I've always been attracted to the gamine type, so maybe it was just an age-appropriate adaptation. In any case, my point is that slim may be reproductively advantageous for a woman of a certain age, in an urban social milieu.

Posted by: robert on January 29, 2007 6:30 AM



No, blondes aren't sexier.

Have you noticed how many women no longer have any hips? In this era of childlessness and only child families, women just don't experience the widening of their hips through childbirth.

I don't find this at all attractive. But, then I know that many men do.

And, Michael, thanks for the notice for my cycle show pics. I've been struggling to keep up with posting and reading. My new job is very demanding and I'm in the process of forming a new band and getting it out there.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on January 29, 2007 2:52 PM



Thanks for the link, Michael.

The more I use this camera the more I like it. IMO digital camera gadgetry has had a rough time finding the sweet spot between features and ease of use; this one is so simple to operate! I believe I've found my ideal snapshot camera :-)

Posted by: Kirsten on January 29, 2007 3:04 PM



Yes, blondes really are sexier. How do I know? My nuggies tell me so.

Posted by: ricpic on January 29, 2007 3:30 PM



If men are attracted to female curves why do women strive to be thin?

Could it be because women....are mad?

Posted by: ricpic on January 29, 2007 3:44 PM



In theory, ricpic, thinness emphasizes the difference between waist and hip size, which is probably an indicator of fertility.

http://wiki.cotch.net/index.php/Human_mating_strategies_and_sexual_preferences

The effect, granted, is lost when we cross the line into skeletal ;-)

Posted by: Kirsten on January 29, 2007 6:52 PM



"Lynn Barber doesn't think the latest incarnation of Penthouse stands a chance."

She speaks of the UK version, apparently retooled to be like FHM/Maxim, only with shaved bush and clit exposure. By contrast, in the past year the US print version has grown decidedly less explicit.

Posted by: Harry Palm on January 30, 2007 11:00 AM



Thanks for the link, Michael!

Posted by: claire on January 31, 2007 2:36 PM






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