Thursday, November 16, 2006
Dumb girlfriends and standards for men
The other day, I was watching Family Guy. If you aren't familiar with this show, it was a great show when it started out, then progressively got worse and worse over the years. The main issue most people have with the show now is that the jokes aren't funny, and it makes too much use of non-sequiturs.
Last week's show was about Brian, the talking dog, and his new girlfriend, the bimbo. Stewie, the talking baby, thinks Brian's reticence to show his girlfriend to the family is because she's ugly. Brian takes Stewie to see her to rectify this flawed assumption. Stewie learns that she is pretty, but also pretty dumb. The rest of the show is about making fun of Brian for having a bimbo girlfriend.
Why is Brian made fun of for preferring a "bimbo" - the stereotypical hot but dumb blonde, the nemesis of every NYMOM or other ugly feminist out there?
I think it goes back to not allowing men to have standards. Women think that they should be selected for their personality, their "careers", their intellect and their cats when that's all they have, but men are primarily interested in beauty and youth. What really bothers me is how much we men have internalized this message to the point where we truly want to believe that an ugly woman deserves to be looked at for her personality, and not as a consolation prize. Some of the ugliest women I've known have had the blackest hearts, poisoned by a lifetime of seeing the pretty girls get higher prices in the wholesale market of dating and mating.
So, the point. Why does everyone imply that Brian should pick based on the selection criteria they deem important? The girl is hot, and if that's what matters to Brian, then that's what matters. No one else needs to tell him what criteria he should select his mate on.
If I want a stupidly hot girlfriend but can't afford la creme de la creme, the hot and intelligent ones, its my duty and my right to fulfill my obligation to myself and put physical attractiveness before intelligence or personality.
Posted at 11/16/2006 08:56:00 AM