Monday, January 15, 2007

Opposites attract...

An interesting read from the Daily Mail this morning...

The history of love is littered with famous examples. Marilyn Monroe and Henry Miller, the pneumatic movie star and the intellect with a brain the size of a planet. Salman Rushdie and his wife Padma Lakshmi, he the author of books too well written for anyone actually to finish, she a Bollywood starlet.

More often than not, the pairing is this way around. It is hard to think of many examples where the beauty has belonged to the male and the brains to the female.


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Blogger Indiana said...

Padma Lakshmi...mmmmmmm, and that's all I am going to say about that.

Fact: Men are not attracted to women they feel or believe to be more intelligent than themselves. There are of course exceptions, but generally even the most intelligent geek still finds the same things desirable in a partner as the best looking donut*. Men prize looks in a partner, though intelligence and smarts are desired it is looks that men still look for first.

Fortunately women are not so shallow, and some find smart men attractive.

* donut, slang male model. looks nice and sweet to eat but is filled with empty space.

12:58 pm  
Blogger FBT said...

This is just one of the many ways in which life is unfair to us girls.

1:00 pm  
Anonymous Tom - Daai Tou Laam said...

For the opposite, I would suggest the likes of Dan and Marilyn Quayle.

Dan as former VP of the US was "the hottie" telegenic enough to make a great politician, but dumber than a bag of hammers. The man was unable to spell "potato" properly.

Marilyn was the obvious brains in the family and surely must have ghostwritten a bunch of Dan's law school papers in order to keep his political career on track.

9:38 am  
Blogger Dominique said...

This is dialogue from "I Hate Saturn," a graphic novel by Kyle Baker.

Anne: So let me get this straight – because of your Machiavellian master plan, all beautiful women are stupid.

Ricky: Yes.

Anne: And all smart women are homely.

Ricky: Unattractive women develop their minds to compensate for their failure as women.

Anne: I know some pretty women with brains.

Ricky: Yes, but they’re demented. They’re too demented to know they’re pretty, so the get brains to compensate for what they perceive to be their physical shortcomings. So when it comes to choosing girlfriends, I have to decide whether I want her to be dumb, demented, or ugly.

10:01 pm  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

'Dumb, demented or ugly'....? Now there's a choice!!!!

7:31 pm  
Blogger Jakartass said...

Margaret and Denis Thatcher?
HRH Liz and Phil?
Posh and Becks?

Or do none of them have an intellect?

5:53 am  
Anonymous torn said...

Jakartass -- Dennis Thatcher was called many things in his lifetime, but not often a "beauty" I suspect (please see last sentence of the original quotation). Of course it is in the eye of the beholder and if he is your type ...

I think Dan and Marilyn is quite a good example though. Dan really was a bit of a bimbo,

4:59 pm  
Anonymous maxie said...

Marilyn Monroe and Henry Miller ? Try Arthur.

10:19 am  

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