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Saints And Barfers

The ideal medieval saint was not only holy, but also nobly-born and physically attractive; and the two last were considered to be the same thing anyway. Ugliness was for peasants. I am given to understand that Saint Bernardino called ugly women “the vomit of the earth”. Things have not greatly improved since then. Political correctness […]

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 11:18 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Love On Prescription

Male doctors have been known to tell their patients to “have more sex”, as if it were something you could pick up at the greengrocer’s. They do this without enquiring first into the patient’s circumstances. Why do they think it’s so easy? Oh, silly me, they’re doctors. What do they know about involuntary celibacy? If […]

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 11:04 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Please Help Me To Stop Denying!

Many are the voices exhorting us to “live out” or “accept” our sexuality, our masculinity, or our femininity. It is not easy, however, to “accept our sexuality” when no one else does, and to what extent other people accept our sexuality depends very much on what we look like. Similarly, “living out our sexuality” generally […]

Posted on June 5, 2010 at 10:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The John The Baptist Syndrome

As the guardians of the gene pool, women’s most essential mission is interdiction. They must not only reject us personally, but also make sure that we know that we are aspiring above our rightful station; that rightful station being of course isolation and a miserable, early death. Kind excuses like “I already have a boyfriend” […]

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 09:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On The Varieties Of Eunuchhood

“Some are made eunuchs of men”, said Jesus. Indeed they are, in a great variety of ways, both literal and metaphorical, and with varying degrees of consent. In his day eunuchs were not created only to guard a ruler’s womenfolk, oriental bureaucracies were also composed of castrates in order to prevent hereditary transmission of office. […]

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 11:25 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Homely Homebodies

Why the word “homely” should be a euphemism for “ugly” is not immediately obvious. In Indian English, indeed, it means “skilled at household management”. I would suggest that the British English meaning arose because the unattractive woman was generally to be found at home, caring for her aged parents, while her prettier sisters did all […]

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 10:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Next, Please!

The beautiful can take many things for granted that the unbeautiful cannot. They are the ones who talk so sanguinely about “my next relationship”, for it never enters their heads for an instant that there might not be one. They are the ones who say, “With my next girlfriend I shall do so-and-so” or “When […]

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 09:49 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Maintaining Standards

G.B. Shaw called sexual morality the “trade-unionism of married women”, meaning a collective agreement to drive up the price of their (sexual) labour, with marriage as the tariff price. It follows from this that the respectable female’s hatred of the prostitute was that of organised labour for non-union strikebreakers, or what the British used to […]

Posted on June 9, 2010 at 19:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Unendurable Lightness Of Hollywood

The unattractive shake their heads over all the purple prose about “the body making music” and so forth. What sort of music does the body make in unrequited love? The same sort of sound as the one hand clapping, perhaps. From the point of view of the unattractive man, there are far too many books […]

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 10:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Brienne Of Tarth

There is an unusually well-written cod-medieval fantasy series in which one of the characters is a big, strong and ugly woman, who responds to that predicament by becoming a warrior. Not only do most of the men refuse to accept her in that role, but they also never tire of commenting on how repulsive she […]

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 12:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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