"The iconic actor is lending his famous face to a series of promos for Louis Vuitton’s 'Core Values' ad campaign, scheduled to hit daily newspapers and weekly magazines next week," went the caption of this fall 2008 image of ladykiller Sean Connery (via Fausta's Blog).
"I'm mighty skeptical of the entire premise of the study," we wrote in the comments of Fausta's saucy new post, "The girly-men have it?" Our own take with a twist in a moment, but first a few excerpts from Fausta herself, commenting on "Why Women Don't Want Macho Men," a WSJ article that reports:
New research suggests that women from countries with healthier populations prefer more feminine-looking men …
After crunching the data — including the women’s facial preferences, their country of origin and that country’s national health index — the Face Lab researchers proved something remarkable. They could predict how masculine a woman likes her men based on her nation’s World Health Organization statistics for mortality rates, life expectancy and the impact of communicable disease. In countries where poor health is particularly a threat to survival, women leaned toward "manlier" men. That is, they preferred their males to have shorter, broader faces and stronger eyebrows, cheekbones and jaw lines …
No contest: Sean at age 79 and Jon at age 39 win over Orlando at age 33. Especially since Orlando waxes his chest hair. Yes, Jon’s only 6 years older than Orlando but Jon looks like a grown-up while Orlando still looks like a kid … The article ends up asking:
"So will it be considered progress if women start pursuing 'metrosexuals' — impeccable guys who exfoliate, order salads for dinner and carry man purses?"
Not in my book!
Ditto. Our own "crackpot authority" reply in Fausta's comments hints at a vast if unwitting left-wing conspiracy behind the whole enterprise:
Beyond my personal preference for the hot, sexy Sean Connerys of this world over the wussy, waxing metros, I’m mighty skeptical of the entire premise of the study. What is the agenda of the promulgators of this so-called “health index” that declares the US “one of the least healthy” nations, for starters?
The article itself sounds like a pro-Obamacare sermon dressed up as science reporting:
“While Stone Age forces once wired women to associate strong cues of masculinity with their children’s chance of survival, times are changing. The promise of improved health care in America could be one example of a shift."
They make it sound like you can change our basic human nature, evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, with a little social engineering. Typical leftist utopian thinking …
Is it a generational thing? It's likely a cultural artifact of 20-somethings' having been indoctrinated by proselytizers of the cheerless feminism of their mothers' generation. Out in the twittersphere I've been encountering a countertrend of young women who aren't buying what the "progressives" are selling. It would be interesting to poll the masculinity preferences of these fearless woman warriors.
Do conservative women prefer macho men? Someone get Mr. Rasmussen on the phone.