I’ve heard of the odd Eva Herzigova Wonderbra billboard-related car crash, but earthquakes? Seriously?!
Last night I was reading the current issue of Grazia, which publishes a quote from an Iranian cleric, who claims that “women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which”—get this!—“(consequently) increases earthquakes” (p. 74)! If that’s not a Sheikh al-Hilaly uncovered meat-esque comment, I don’t know what is!
For my money, there is not always a direct correlation between being beautiful and dressing provocatively. Audrey Hepburn is considered one of Hollywood’s most classically beautiful stars, yet she favoured classy, covered up clothing. Paris Hilton, on the other hand, is often scantily clad, however a lot of people don’t think of her as beautiful. At the other end of the spectrum, you have Marilyn Monroe, who was both sexy and physically stunning—if anyone could prove this theory correct, it would be Marilyn!
Then this morning, I was reading a study by a Spanish university, which asserts that courting a beautiful woman is “equivalent to jumping from a plane” stress-wise! Not only does the study show “trying to woo a beautiful woman could be bad for a man’s heart and even increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes,” but actually getting the girl proves to be even worse! The study goes on to claim that the stress of being in a long-term relationship with said stunner “could cause ‘chronic’ levels of cortisol, leading to impotence”.
Where is all this hating on the females coming from? If a woman is not perceived as conventionally beautiful, or pretty at the very least, by society, she is chastised. If she does happen to satisfy social norms in terms of the way she looks, she apparently causes natural disasters and ill heart health.
It seems like the ladies just can’t win!
Stay tuned later this week for more beauty debate, as I will be reporting on The Beauty Myth author Naomi Wolf’s talk in Melbourne on Thursday night. Get your tickets here.