Sunday, October 5, 2008


There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
- Sir Francis Bacon

“A girl can’t add and worry about whether her stomach sticks out at the same time. College students were asked to try on either a swimsuit or a sweater and keep it on for 10 minutes in a dressing room. To pass the time they took a math test. As you would expect, the women in the sweaters did significantly better on the test. (when the experiment was repeated with young male subjects, the sweater/swimsuit performance difference disappeared.) – Patricia McLaughlin Valley News April 8, 2007

Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. [Simone de Beauvoir, 1949, 16]

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