Waiting to exhale — because the corset’s too tight?

June 1, 2007 at 11:51 pm 3 comments

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In order to strengthen the rhetorical impact of this posting, my discussion of sexual politics and body image will necessarily be streamlined to exemplify on a formal level the thematic thrust of this musing. (And I got hit with a ton of work this week, so I didn’t have a lot of time to come up with anything great.) I am also guilty of blog poaching: I was so inspired by LeMare’s posting about the atrocious things men have said to her that I just had to share a particularly perturbing recent run-in.

I was recently at dinner with a male acquaintance. Because we are both single, the conversation inevitably drifted to the subject of dating. We both expressed reasonable frustrations with the entire process — until, that is, he quickly mentioned that he believed he had developed “Philly goggles” and needed to get out before he ended up with an ugly girl. Really. Surmising my shock at his comment, he followed up by saying that it was only logical to marry someone you really wanted to see naked. Really. Eliding all of the usual caveats about the need for physical attraction in romantic relationships, perhaps my acquaintance needed to be more generous about the proportions of the female body. And perhaps only then will his proportions while naked be more charitably received…

Like Judge Judy says, “Beauty fades; dumb is forever.” What say you, ladies? And gents?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lemare  |  June 2, 2007 at 9:10 am

    I’d say your aquaintence has bigger problems if there isn’t a single girl in Philadephia that he wants to see naked.

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  • 2. lemare  |  June 2, 2007 at 9:33 am

    I was just going about my business of getting ready for the day and couldn’t stop laughing at this statement:

    “And perhaps only then will his proportions while naked be more charitably received”

    Reply
  • 3. Lindsay  |  June 2, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    It’s hard to find people that don’t make you close your eyes and shake your head in disbelief.

    Reply

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