Seriously? Pt II

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It is possible for a girl to be “jolie laide” as the French say, like this woman:

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but a pretty face normally helps. The slogan above featuring the beautiful black woman is a good example of something we are expected to agree to despite its not being true.

Worse nonsense than this comes into my Facebook feed. I am shown a picture of an overweight model at a fashion show and asked to agree she is beautiful, despite the fact that she has thighs that would satisfy a pride of lions for a week.

My response to a picture of a fat woman is to say that she is fat.

I hate attempts to manipulate me.

 

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5 responses to this post.

  1. There is a difference between being pretty and being beautiful. Obviously, being pretty is a good start. However, as a photographer, I can honestly say that with the right trappings, lighting, and so forth, it is possible to bring out the inner beauty in most people, male or female. For example, Audrey Hepburn was not “pretty” in her old age but she was certainly still beautiful. And there are young women who are pretty but who lack beauty and who will lose their looks as they grow up. That said, a fat woman lumbering down the catwalk is neither pretty nor beautiful, though people of certain ‘tastes’ might find her attractive. Thankfully, we can all be attractive, and we should be satisfied with that, reserving pretty and beautiful for when it is truly merited.

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  2. Yes, it is very popular for people to say that looks don’t matter. In fact, if you want to hear sincere expressions of that belief go to a high-end beauty parlor and listen to upper income liberals talk. As they sit there spending thousands of dollars on touch-ups and blonding they will recite The Party Line that Looks Don’t Matter.

    A major part of our economy goes to making things beautiful. I laugh when a suburban woman sitting under a her dryer says in regards to race, “Looks don’t matter.” Neither she nor anyone else understood the gross hypocrisy.

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    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on March 2, 2016 at 2:51 am

      I don’t mind the spending of money on making women more attractive (although I often wonder how effective it seems to be really.)

      By all means be frivolous, but don’t mouth dubious platitudes as you indulge yourself.

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