Sunday, October 11, 2009

The tyranny of the skinny women.

A very good female friend was talking about how she liked Bend, "Except for all the skinny women..."

Got me to laugh and got me thinking.

A few years ago, I saw a picture of the line of people for a movie in the Bend Film Festival. They were the beautiful people. Handsome and fit and dressed and tan.

Kind of intimidating, you know?

I wonder how much resentment from us native Bendites comes from this? Remember the old commercial, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful." ?

I don't know about you, but my immediate reaction was, "I don't hate you because you're beautiful, I hate you because YOU THINK you are beautiful, and that I should give a damn about the fact that you're beautiful, and oh, by the way, stick it up your ass."

Maybe I just have an inferiority complex. But damn, it's hard to have a normal conversation with a woman who is decked out in the latest fashions, not a hair un-strategically out of place and skinny. I get distracted.

I suppose there is an easy cure. Just go to the county fair and sit and watch all the people walk by. Probably a more accurate median fat content there.

13 comments:

Broofa said...

Ah yes, those ol' "don't hate me" ads, with Kelly LeBrock. I remember her well, star of the classic pubescent-boy-fantasy film, "Wierd Science".

Perhaps, Dunc, you can take some solace in the fact that karma's a bitch. Ms. LeBrock ain't so beautiful any more.

BendBorn said...

There's skinny, there's fit and then there's fat. I'll take fit anyday. If they're bright even better. Add a bit of beauty and they become keepers. If a guy lets a woman, skinny, fit or fat, intimidate him he's got some issues he needs to address.

blackdog said...

"But damn, it's hard to have a normal conversation with a woman who is decked out in the latest fashions, not a hair un-strategically out of place and skinny. I get distracted."

Friendly advice, Dunc: Please don't say things that make you sound like a bumpkin. Or that make it sound like everybody in Bend is a bumpkin.

mugmkr said...

Just go to the buffet at any casino. That'll cure ya, Duncan.

blackdog said...

"karma's a bitch. Ms. LeBrock ain't so beautiful any more."

What's karma got to do with it? She's middle-aged and she put on a few pounds. Big friggin deal.

"There's skinny, there's fit and then there's fat. I'll take fit anyday."

An awful lot of these "fit" Bend women look really scrawny -- almost anorexic. When a woman's body fat drops below a certain percentage she stops menstruating; that's nature's way of preventing her from getting pregnant because the body assumes a famine is going on. I bet many of our female triathletes and ultra-marathoners are in that condition.

Duncan McGeary said...

Was I being too subtle?

Clothing, fashion and what not has ZERO effect on me.

Beauty.

Well, that still gets me. I still have that issue unresolved.

Duncan McGeary said...

Or, put another way, I'm always bemused that women would go to such extremes. I mean, fashion victims walk by the store everyday, and I just shake my head.

Hell, why would they make themselves look that way?

I shake it off and talk to them about books, but really....

Beauty? Rich or poor, dressed to the T's or dressed casually, I tend to notice the glow.

blackdog said...

"Maybe I just have an inferiority complex."

Hmmm ... could be. It's a common phenomenon here. Hence all the hatred directed at "Californians," defined as "anybody who is richer / better looking / better dressed / has a nicer house and/or car than me."

blackdog said...

"Hell, why would they make themselves look that way?"

What way? Well-dressed and well-groomed? Is it a crime in Bend not to look like a slob?

Or are you talking about people with tattoos everywhere and nine or ten piercings in their face?

Duncan McGeary said...

So you are never dazzled?

No...sometimes it's over the top, BD. Just seems so unBend-like. Who are they trying to impress?

Actually, they probably have their reasons. I had one woman in who was dressed so sexily I wondered what she was doing.

In the course of the conversation, she mentioned she was a waitress in a bar and I thought, ah hah! Tips, tips and more tips.

But sometimes they just seem to be showing off. I think I've mentioned, I don't like ostentatious showing off. Californian or not.

Duncan McGeary said...

Ah, forget it.

blackdog said...

"But sometimes they just seem to be showing off."

Maybe they just think they look good and when they think they look good it makes them feel good. Jeans and a baggy sweater with holes in the elbows isn't everyone's style. Although it definitely is "Bendlike."

BendBorn said...

BD,
I probably should have said "healthly fit" instead of just "fit" as that's what I meant.

Dunc,
There's being intimidated and then there getting stupid. A fairly recent study showed that men in general get "stupider" in the presence of beautiful women. So join the not very exclusive club of men who suffer/experience the same effect you sometimes do when a truly beautiful woman is engaging you. Just relax and enjoy the moments of stupidity. They are designed as part of the preservation of the species and they will pass once she departs.