Posts Tagged ‘Evolutionary Psychology’

Linemen and Washerwomen

I have noticed that when the environment becomes harder, women tend to become a bit more feminine. It has even been said that feminism is merely a side-effect of comfort and prosperity. In any case, I thought this was a nice addition to the annals of the sexes working together.

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“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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“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.

 

Girl with good attitude

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It is amusing that she refers to projected boob growth. I just saw a woman serving at a pharmacist’s who was essentially flat-chested. I still thought her attractive. Boobs have never greatly interested me, one way or the other. (I did once read that introverts prefer small-breasted women. Maybe that is it. Although, to be honest, I don’t even have a preference.)

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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“Women are from Venus”

From The Wholesome Hooker (1973):

“I just love to show people my body, because I like it myself and just love to give people pleasure.” [Italics added]

This statement confirms me in my view that I shall never understand women. I cannot imagine having that sentiment. People might say, “that’s because you are a selfish, arrogant man”. But, on the other hand, where would people who like to give pleasure by undressing be without people who like to take that pleasure?

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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.