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Craig

To be honest,

I think if more important men were sexy, we might see more of them undressed. Most important men are white old upper class men, which is just gross.

Those who pass as sexy though show a little flesh, Sarko and Putin, for example. And while this isn't backside, it is comparable... the difference between backside and hunky chest underlines perhaps the feminist's point in these photos: the men are manly leaders, the women have backsides.

At the same time, its all just sexy bodies, and we can't really help the differences.

Michael F.

...following Craig, Twain observed: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” (There's a bare-chested photo of Twain somewhere, and it's still startling.)
Funny how years after the fancy dress of the pharaohs and the emperors, our species still gets so many signals from costume, another reminder that we're still primates beneath the pretense. Churchill used to play with this, self-mockingly sometimes, by affecting different styles of hat.
The New Yorker mentions the deBeauvoir contretemps in a "Talk of the Town" piece on Sarkosy's exhibitionism. So far everyone but me has resisted the temptation to ask if these buttocks are a fundamental question.
Re. the continuing relevance of Le Deuxième Sexe, I can testify as a male working in tradtionally female professions (hospitals, schools): deBeauvoir's observation that working women let themselves be bought with flattery rather than money or power still holds true. Again and again, I've seen management manipulate nurses and teachers into doing more for less with a lot of "we can't do this job without you", "you're the most important person in this institution" and a pastry tray instead of giving them decision making power or an increase in wages.

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