A Twitter discussion Friday night yielded up a list, compiled by women, of women whose looks are underrated — and of women whose looks are overrated — by men. Dan Collins, who spearheaded the discussion, has posted the list, and of course it’s arguable, but what such list isn’t?
If you pushed me on the matter, I’d tell you that almost anyone’s criteria for such things are debatable at best, and their justifications are worse. Exhibit A:
an Irish TV executive, knocking a former employee:
Gráinne Seoige’s former boss at TV3, Ben Frow, thinks the presenter’s new job with ITV’s Daybreak could be an unmitigated disaster.
The TV executive and former GMTV boss believes the presence of Gráinne could seriously harm the programme because of her stunning good looks.
Warning that the average housewife could find the Co. Galway woman’s perfection “very off-putting” — especially first thing in the morning — the TV3 boss added that as women rushed about the house in the morning trying to get the kids ready for school “they may not be feeling their thinnest or their prettiest or their sexiest”.
This, he argued, would only be underlined by Gráinne’s “fashion icon status”.
I could be wrong on this, I suppose, but I’m inclined to believe that women who find themselves “rushed about the house in the morning” might be listening to the show, but they don’t have time to sit down and pass judgment on Ms Seoige’s appearance or presumed designer duds. Besides, I know of no television network in the world, except maybe Al Jazeera, which doesn’t have some built-in bias toward better-looking female presenters.
(Then again, to show how arguable my own judgment is, here’s Shirley Manson of Garbage, who made the “underrated” list, in an unusually self-effacing mode. Besides, I think the song is great.)