The Beauty Myth: A Generational Divide?
Garance Franke-Ruta, a smart, beautiful woman in her twenties, takes issue with Maureen Dowd, a smart, beautiful woman in her fifties, as to whether men make passes at women who wear glasses.
Clearly, there is a generational divide here. I am 40, somewhere between the two women in age. My experience, at least, strongly comports with Franke-Ruta’s. Not only has it never occured to me that beauty and brains are mutually exclusive–indeed, my experience has almost always been that when it rains, it pours–but I can’t even imagine what one might do with a stupid woman on the second night. Well, certainly, the second week.
Update: I am informed by a reliable source that Franke-Ruta is older than she appears, albeit still younger than me. The descriptions and analysis nonetheless remain apt.
Update 2: The same source offers an alternative explanation: “That’s because you’re old, James.” Also quite plausible.