Detailed uncoverage

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, during the run-up to Italy’s 2008 elections, claimed that right-wing women were better-looking than their left-wing counterparts, a statement which caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth and, inevitably, gazing into mirrors. “The left,” he argued, “has no taste, even when it comes to women.”

Women on the left, and guys who hoped to score with women on the left, were duly outraged. Which tells me that it’s time for the Weekly Standard to quit flogging Fred Barnes for a week or two and come out with a Swimsuit Issue. From the standpoint of magazine economics, it’s a cinch: that other bikini-oriented publication that comes out this time every year will still be in active distribution in May while its other February editions will have long since been pulped. And I think it’s a safe bet that far more of that magazine’s subscribers will download Bar Refaeli’s wallpaper than Derek Jeter’s.

Should the Standard take my advice, women on the left, and guys who hope to score with women on the left, will be duly outraged, which should guarantee them at least 600 percent of their regular circulation. Not a bad deal, even if we’ve already had a peek at Cassy Fiano.



  1. sya »

    21 February 2009 · 9:00 pm

    My first reaction to such generalizations is to ask, “Can you prove it?” I know how I’d figure out whether it was true or false–which would involve some random sampling, surveys, and quantifiable facial and body measurements. I have a hunch that there would be no significant difference between the two groups. (Yeah, I know this is totally besides the point of your post. I’m just being weird.)

  2. CGHill »

    21 February 2009 · 9:03 pm

    Yeah, but you’re a scientist.

    I have some ideas along those lines, but I’ll hold off for a couple of days until I see what level of dudgeon prevails among readers.

  3. The Other McCain »

    22 February 2009 · 7:24 am

    Rule 5 Sunday…

    In obedience to Rule 5 of “How to Get a Million Hits on Your Blog,” it’s time to bring the hotness. With a big old hat-tip to Pirate’s Cove Sunday pinup series, here is the infamous inaugural link list of shameless babe bloggers: …

  4. fillyjonk »

    22 February 2009 · 1:40 pm

    Oh, I’ve heard all the stereotypical expectations of what female scientists are “supposed” to look like, and even the stereotypical anti-stereotype “hot” female scientist. I’ve heard and seen them so much that I’m no longer even offended by them.

    I don’t know. Politics would seem a funny “filter” for attractiveness, but then I’ve found that people generally don’t do the reasonable things I expect them to do.

  5. Old Grouch »

    23 February 2009 · 7:15 pm

    Random Linkage – February 21, 2009 …

    Charles Hill reads about Berlusconi… “Women on the left, and guys who hoped to score with women on the left, were duly outraged…” and says it’s time for a Weekly Standard Swimsuit Issue….

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