Archive for the ‘The Life Unbeautiful’ Category

The War On Uglies

When fantasy hordes of orcs, ghouls or any other nasties sweep towards the lands of the good guys, there is some echoing of the European (and probably Persian and Chinese, too) historical memory of invasions of steppe nomads and barbarians from the gloomy northern forests, but that is not the deepest resonance. The main point […]

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 15:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mean Streets And The Beauty Police

One day I was sitting in a public space, minding my own business. Movement in the corner of my eye attracted my attention, and I looked up to see an attractive woman passing by – and already regarding me with an extraordinary expression of contempt and hostility. It was the sort of look a woman […]

Posted on June 12, 2010 at 09:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The New York Second

If a beautiful person is treating everyone around him or her like shit, it takes a long time before anyone begins to care, if they ever do. Excuses will be made, second and fifty-second chances given and some people will consider the world well lost in order to perish in the beautiful person’s candle-flame. The […]

Posted on June 13, 2010 at 10:42 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Crowd Of Blobs

Unattractive people enjoy, if that is the word, a form of invisibility. For, like any other animals, human beings scan and monitor their surroundings primarily for resources, threats and sexual opportunities. Whenever people have sufficient resources and do not feel physically threatened, their flickering glances are tuned disproportionately to sexual attractiveness – in partners and […]

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Second-Order Signalling

For many men, one of the difficult things about female sexual display is that it does not always seem to be directed at anyone in particular. Some men jump readily to the assumption that they themselves must be the intended audience, which may make them a nuisance or even a danger; the modest and the […]

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 15:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Imperviousness Of Beauty

Camille Paglia once wrote that the rapist is made to feel insignificant by the fact that women seem so “enclosed” and “impervious”. I myself have never raped anybody or even felt inclined to try, but I do nevertheless understand what she means by these epithets. I do understand the insignificance of the male in the […]

Posted on June 15, 2010 at 16:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Lucrative Dissatisfaction

Somebody has worked out, don’t ask me how, that 20% of us are having 80% of the sex. And so that lucky fifth of the world probably doesn’t have the time to read this. That 20% of men can account for 80% of the sex is all too easy to envisage, we always suspected as […]

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 12:16 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 5 Comments
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Oratio In Burchillam

Julie Burchill has berated people who “do not understand what it is to feel attraction and to attract”. Not knowing “what it is to attract” is not merely a misfortune, therefore, but apparently also a moral flaw, so that the unattractive person deserves not only aesthetic disdain and sexual rejection but also ethical condemnation. No […]

Posted on June 17, 2010 at 12:57 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Patron Saint Of Nerds

If the prophet Nathan, who slagged off King David for having Uriah the Hittite killed so he could appropriate Bathsheba, is not venerated by nerds, this can only be because they are slow off the mark. Consider: As Nathan pointed out with his lamb simile, David already had lots of women, while Uriah had only […]

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 19:30 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Calibration, A Research Proposal

I doubt that anyone has studied this scientifically, but I should like to see more attention to the mechanisms driving sexual calibration, which is one of the major preoccupations of a young woman, in this and perhaps in any age. By “calibration”, I mean the precise identification of one’s place in the female hierarchy, as […]

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 08:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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