Posts Tagged ‘Biology’

“A Stable Father Prevents the Early Onset of Puberty”

A review article by Connor Murphy:

http://www.xyz.net.au/a-stable-father-prevents-the-early-onset-of-puberty/

” … it stands to reason that children are consciously and subconsciously aware if they are under the care and protection of an adult male, i.e. a patriarch. When they know they are not, they are more stressed as a result.”

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Another model who is so black she looks blue

Nyakim Gatwech:

 

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More on such models and their bluish skin here.

“why do gals open their legs during sex”

I get a surprising number of searches like this. I would have thought it was obvious. It’s just biomechanics – a way to allow the penis to enter the vagina. Perhaps people don’t realise that the vagina is tucked well back between a woman’s legs.

I have discussed the question of whether women spreading their legs is actually instinctive here.

 

Background on Claire Atkinson

I have commented a number of times on this lovely video from 1984, especially on the handsome couple running on the beach throughout.

http://videos.sapo.pt/675lhRdajpbH07Ebg7PC

A still from the music video:

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I once described it as practically a nature film showing the early stages of human courtship, with the physical flirting. I did remark though that it must have been acted of course. But I have since discovered that the couple (Charlie Haugk and Claire Atkinson) were in fact lovers at the time. So, it probably showed genuine affection.

(In the context of the music video, I suspect the couple are meant to look like young adults. Perhaps a young married couple. In real life, Charlie Haugk was 31 when this music video was made. I can’t find a date-of-birth for Claire, but since she began modelling in about 1981 with a top agency, I suspect she would have been about 24 or 25 in the music video.)

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Here is what a girl who knew Claire wrote to me (I have edited it and annotated it slightly, in particular to make her comments anonymous – I shall call her V):

V: “Dear Julian, Claire and I became friends in 1974 at Santa Monica High School. Her family moved there from where I am not sure. Her mom was married to Chuck Griffith [Charles B. Griffith]. He was a screen writer for movies such as Eat My Dust … Her sister is an artist somewhere in UK. Claire lost her stepfather’s name when she started modelling. After high school she went to England and her Nana put her in modelling school … We sat on the beach at summer time and pored over fashion mags. Her fav being Janice Dickinson, which is funny because she later dated Janice’s ex-boyfriend [That is, Charlie Haugk, see here] and lived with him. He was a model as well. He had a bit part in the movie Road House [Actually, I think that’s wrong. That was a different actor, called Charlie Hawke. But Charlie Haugk, the one who was with Claire for a while, did appear in some movies.] He [Charlie Haugk] is the one in the Boys of Summer video.

Me: “That’s very interesting. Thanks. When you have time, perhaps you can tell me more. Are you saying that Charlie Haugk was Claire’s boyfriend?”

V: “Yes. He is the guy in the vid. Last time I saw her they were not together. She was with an Italian dude. This was in 1993 or so [when] she was in Santa Monica for some reason … She was so different from the surfer chicks I grew up with. When she first got to SaMo High someone told me I had to meet her. I was a bit of a different bird as well. She had bangles for days and a toe ring. After we became friends we were together all the time. I would go to her house before school and help her dress. I was her dresser. Her room was OCD to the max … Her hair was the pits … she would tell people when they asked how long she had been in the US, she would say 18 months … Hell I knew her for well over 18 months. She was very well read and did well in school. She stood out because of her height. [She is reportedly 5 foot 10 inches tall.] After she started modelling I stayed in the US and became a hairdresser. It was our plan to have me do her hair and make up when she went to the UK but it was not to be … Got to go. Have you ever met Claire?”

Me: “No. I just liked her in that music video. She is my type. My wife looked a bit like her and we honeymooned by the beach about the time of that music video. Did she keep her hair short because it was hard to manage? Would you mind if I put some of your replies on my blog if I don’t use your name?”

V: “sure use any thing u like”

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Claire Atkinson on the runway:

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Nietzsche on tall and short women

” … small females seem to me to belong to another sex than tall women …”

This saying is quoted by Nietzsche but mocked by one of his best-known translators. But I think he might have been onto something.

Taller women do seem more like men than shorter women. More of a match for men. It is possible that they are more intelligent than shorter women since there is a positive correlation between height and intelligence. And being literally closer to men in their build presumably affects their conception of themselves.

A group of women of average height can seem like munchkins to a man. Whereas a taller woman is a different proposition. When a male writer wants the reader to take a female character seriously, he often makes her tall.

Sexual Competition Among Women

I am putting this article here to save it to a convenient location, and also because it discusses topics of ordinary, social interest: for example, the way in which, compared with men, women spend a lot more time and resources on personal presentation to help in competition for mates.

Sexual Competition Among Women: A Review of the Theory and Supporting Evidence

by Steven Arnocky and Tracy Vaillancourt.

At a glance, the article looks pretty good. But I notice it repeats the argument that human males and females are less sexually dimorphic than ancestral primates. While it is true that men are only about 15% larger than women (according to this article), the relative equality in bulk hides the fact that men are far more muscular and women have far more fat than men.

On male vs female strength:

http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/sites/secure.lsit.ucsb.edu.anth.d7/files/sitefiles/people/gaulin/Lassek%20%26%20Gaulin_muscle%20mass.pdf

“The sex difference in upper-body muscle mass in humans is
similar in magnitude to the sex difference in lean body mass
in gorillas, the most sexually dimorphic primate.”

“Despite claims of reduced levels of sexual dimorphism in
the genus Homo (e.g., compared to Australopithecus)
(McHenry, 1994; Plavcan, 2001), muscle mass and resulting
muscular strength are very sexually dimorphic traits in
contemporary humans. On average, men have approximately
61% more total muscle mass than women …”

Another point to be drawn from this article is that only 1 in 1,000 women reaches the mean upper body strength of men: which no doubt explains why wives famously ask their husbands to open jars for them.

 

Lime Crime

Lime Crime make this beautiful lipstick, Cheap Thrill:

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The company is associated with various questionable practices, including using an unsafe ingredient in another one of its shades:

https://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2015/ucm456525.htm

“Specifically, according to your product label, Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick (red velvet) contains ferric ferrocyanide and ultramarines, which are only permitted for use in coloring externally applied cosmetics as prescribed in 21 CFR § 73.2299 and 21 CFR § 73.2725, respectively. Under 21 CFR § 70.3(v) “[t]he terms externally applied drugs and externally applied cosmetics mean drugs or cosmetics applied only to external parts of the body and not to the lips or any body surface covered by mucous membrane.” These color additives therefore may not be used in cosmetic lip products, because such use is not in conformity with the regulations that provide for the use of these additives. Alternatively, if your product does not contain ferric ferrocyanide and ultramarines, your product is misbranded under Section 602(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 362(a)] because its labeling is false.”

More on this rose gold lipstick.