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December 15, 2003

Who is the Fairest of Them All, cont.

This book is gaining attention: "Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love" by Betsy Prioleau. A study of "50 of the world's most famous seductresses -- from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great to Mae West" it makes the point "that physical beauty was not -- and is not -- a required attribute in the arts of seduction. Many, if not most, of the women she writes about were not beauties. Far more important are the gifts of wit, brains, empathy and self-sufficiency -- the opposite of neediness."

Dr. Prioleau is completely correct imho. In a recent thread, I was alarmed to see the admiration expressed for the girls (literally) who compose Google's top 10 image search. Not one truly sexy woman on the list. Note- this is expressly not that cliched call to "see the inner beauty," but a different concept of what sexiness really is. Sexiness that will take some time to be replicated in a haptically present Real Doll, if ever. The triumph of the visual is the mark of the adolescent.

Posted by martin at 01:17 PM