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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A few thoughts on beauty

Instapundit has an item from Virginia Postrel, who posts on those Dove commercials suggesting that every woman is beautiful.

The Dove advertising campaign got launched at the Church of Oprah, where self-esteem is built on ignoring the obvious.

"Every woman is beautiful": Political correctness is now oozing out of a tube of hand lotion.

Can anyone possibly believe that "every woman is beautiful", any more than "every man is handsome"?

What are they, blind?

While the airwaves are currently filled with pictures of Anna Nicole Smith in her bad days, she was gorgeous in her Guess days.

The elderly mother of one of my friends is a most attractive woman. She has great legs even at the age of eighty, beautiful hands and great complexion. She's been married and widowed three times. She's well dressed and has a great personality. But she has Mary Wickes's face, not Ava Gardner's.

(Ava Gardner used to stay at the hotel where my father worked. Of all the famous and beautiful that visited that hotel over the decades, she was the only one that the hotel staff considered as naturally beautiful even as she aged.)

Patrick Stewart has tremendous stage presence. He is well dressed, and when I've seen him on stage he's been in great shape. He has a most sexy voice. But he's not the young Errol Flynn.

Heck, even the old Errol Flynn wasn't the young Errol Flynn.

And Errol Flynn was never Humphrey Bogart, either.

As Virginial Postrel points out,
Like the rest of the genetic lottery, beauty is unfair. Everyone falls short of perfection, but some are luckier than others.
Luck is hard.

Self-confidence is even harder.

Not every woman is beautiful. Not every man is handsome. Deal with it.

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10 Comments:

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

"Not every woman is beautiful. Not every man is handsome. Deal with it."

Excuse me???

All men are in shape. Round is a shape.

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

Patrick Stewart! I've had dreams that would make a pervert blush about Patick Stewart! mmmmmmmm

Engage....Indeed.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

All men are in shape.
That is true.

Round is a shape.
That is true, too.

Obi's Sister,
Oh yes.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

What a coincidence.

I look just like P.....

 
At 3:00 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

Nice!

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

Shortish & Bald?

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger Ken Adams said...

While not every woman is beautiful, I've found that nearly every woman has something about her that a man will find attractive. No, not that you perverts! What I mean is, beauty is more than just a physical attribute, it's an attitude or an approach to life.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

That's very nice Ken! I'm still asking for Isabella Rossellini's face for my next reincarnation, just in case :-)

Obi's Sister,
Patrick Stewart's approx. 5'8", shorter than I but not short. And not round.
Definitely not round.
He just did Antony and Cleopatra in London, unfortunately wearing a rug.

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

I did say "Short-ISH". (Everyone in my family - except me - is 5'10" or higher). But a very commanding presence, captain's pips or not. And very, very SEXY!

I would love to see him on stage someday. Alas, I don't think he'll be coming to the backwoods anytime soon.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

It's not a bad rug - it fits his face and age. If you were one of two dozen people left on this planet that don't know him, you might even think it was his real hair. And - it's not like that horrid rug the ST folks put on him once in a "younger Picard" flash-back with Beverly to when Jack died.

 

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