The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 November 2004

Skirting the issue

I get ten or twelve hits every week from search engines with the string "great legs," which generally leads the searchers to this four-year-old Vent to which I haven't paid a great deal of attention in recent months. Inexplicably, out of eleven million or so possible Google hits, that piece came in at #19, way ahead of anything else on the subject in all of blogdom.

It is, I must assume, at least a reasonable possibility that there are bloggers with great legs. Then again, the words of Cynthia Heimel keep jumping into my head:

We have no faith in ourselves. I have never met a woman, who, deep down in her core, really believes she has great legs. And if she suspects she might have great legs, then she's convinced she has a shrill voice and no neck.

I'm not sure I believe that in its entirety. I am, however, surprised that this is a topic that the Blogosphere™ has thus far managed to avoid; the only semi-serious discussion (which I, alas, helped to precipitate) was an Ann Coulter vs. Katie Couric competition, won by Coulter. And Coulter's blogging is sparse at best, while Couric doesn't blog at all.

On the Ann/Katie fuss, I commented:

[I]f we end up debating "Which female blogger has the best legs?" I plan to abstain. In the parliamentary sense, of course.

We didn't end up debating that, which is probably just as well, since it's utterly irrelevant; I'd hate to have to find a correlation between, say, sparkle of prose and smoothness of shin. (Actually, I'd probably enjoy the research, but I'd be frustrated at the results, or lack thereof.) But this damned persistent guy-ness keeps me wondering, and there are a few who, I think, or perhaps just imagined, have dropped subtle hints that they provide a measure of this sort of eye candy in addition to their manifest textual brilliance not that I'll ever know.

Out of four thousand or so blog posts, this one, I suspect, will be the one I will most regret.

Posted at 10:06 AM to General Disinterest

But have you done a search for "laura bush's legs" lately?

Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 11:19 AM on 13 November 2004

Actually, I haven't, but after this photo came out, I figured there was something to that good-genes theory.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:37 AM on 13 November 2004

"Out of four thousand or so blog posts, this one, I suspect, will be the one I will most regret."

One would hope so, but somehow I doubt that'll be the case.

I swear, if I'm ever insane enough to start blogging again I'm going to pick a pseudonym like "Joe" or something to write under.


Posted by: Myria at 1:13 PM on 13 November 2004

Charles, you be the judge.

Posted by: Dawn at 5:56 PM on 13 November 2004

Oh, my. <sigh>

I should point out here that I have already met three women of a bloggish bent with bigger names than mine, and while all of them rate as at least "nice" in this category, they all have features I thought of as more compelling at first glance (and as many glances as I could manage subsequently).

(Yes, they're on the blogroll; no, this isn't why.)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:16 PM on 13 November 2004