Monday, July 30, 2012
Um, Are We Talking About Women Here? Or Pots of Jam?
Today, I'm having a grumble. A piece at Huffington Post entitled, "What Men Love About Fiftysomething Women" makes a whole host of assumptions. The blogger actually spends time considering what a certain group of men might love when they flirt with a certain woman -- a real woman, no less, who has been mentioned by a friend on the internet. Given the title of the piece, are we then to assume that this author believes all fiftysomething women are the same? Rather like every jar of Welch's strawberry jam is the same?
This, my friends, is a load of hooey, isn't it. And the assumption that frizzy hair etc. wouldn't be physically attractive to others is zany. Objectification, to say the least. I mean, perhaps this woman is physically attractive to the men that flirt with her. Yet her friend -- and the writer -- make assumptions, sticking to stereotypes and assuming the attraction has nothing to do with her looks.
What the post shows is that people who listen carefully and manage to make others feel special through their body language can, within context, be the centre of attention. And men that have egos particularly enjoy this.
Is this news? I certainly hope not.