I. The female form is endlessly fascinating to both men and women, and we’ve had many discussions and debates at HUS about what constitutes beauty or sexual attractiveness. Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has conducted an interesting exercise by altering classic paintings of the female nude to adhere to contemporary beauty standards. From Flavorwire:
In her Venus project, Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano remixes some of the most celebrated nudes of art history, giving them an extreme Photoshop makeover. Essentially, she turns the icons of beauty of bygone centuries into the breasty waifs currently mass-marketed as ideal in today’s society. She asks, “What would have happened if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past?” The results are stark and varied. While some ladies might be bettered by a tug at the waistline and pump to the bust, others may seem off and almost disturbingly adolescent. It makes us wonder if the girls of yesteryear — the ones with the skinny forms idolized by today’s fashion industry — would have stared up at the comparatively Rubenesque builds of the pin-ups of their day with envy.
What I find interesting is the modern day equating of femininity with boyishness. Unlike the flappers in the 20s, though, who were ideally flat-chested and prepubescently male in their appearance, the 21st c. equivalent has waiflike limbs with large breasts. It’s a fascinating slideshow – see it HERE.
II. Danny from 504 has written an interesting post about his grandfather Paw Paw’s natural Game. A natural ladies’ man, Paw Paw shared his secrets with Danny on a recent visit home to New Orleans. It’s all about taking a ton of shots, and not sweating the misses. Easier said than done, but a good read.
III. The Art of Manliness has an excellent article on eye contact. It covers the most effective uses of eye contact in business, when you mean to indimidate someone, dealing with other men, connecting with women, and public speaking. They also give some helpful tips on how not to “be a creeper.” Written for men, but there’s a lot of useful information for women as well.
IV. Little Known Statistics On Sex and Relationships by Eric Barker.
Most likely to generate discussion at HUS:
1. A woman will get chatted up in a bar 6 minutes faster if she is wearing make up.
This might lead one to wonder if the wearing of makeup signals promiscuity, but yesterday I happened to read this in an article in the March issue of Elle magazine:
In October, researchers, led by Nancy Etcoff, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard, studied people’s immediate reactions to women barefaced and in varying levels of makeup and found that those wearing makeup were more likely to be perceived as amiable, trustworthy, and competent. Even women who opted for glamorous looks were perceived as more competent than those who favored a natural look.
2. 98% of Americans have experienced unrequited love.
No apex fallacy here.
3. For every $5000 extra a woman earns over her partner, their risk of divorce goes up by 5%.
Sources may be found at Barking Up the Wrong Tree.