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Is Skinny Overrated?

“Lindsay Lohan is an attractive girl, but she’s not one of the world’s great beauties. But when she bounces down the hall in Mean Girls, she is magnetic. And it is way to simple to say, “Men like breasts.” Men do like breasts. But the bounce and the unaware way with which Ms. Lohan walked

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34 Responses to “Is Skinny Overrated?”

  1. VSon says:

    True true words Mr. Poland….Scarlett is a breath of fresh air in our times. A talented, pretty actress with an actual figure. Bring back the curves!

  2. Panda Bear says:

    Anyone that says skinny isn’t hot is jealous. If she weighed 160 pounds no one would care about her, no one would write about her, and no studio would pay her 12 million a movie.

  3. teambanzai says:

    How can skinny be overrated? I don’t know of anyone that finds that look attractive. It’s something that the modeling world pushed a few years back that has now somehow really crept into hollywood. Lohan had a nice body shape before she dumped all the weight, now her and Nicole Richie look like something out of a death camp. Women should have curves. There’s something disturbing when you can see their ribs especially if it’s from the back and front.
    The sad part is all the little mindless followers that are emulating the look. It’s unhealthy and unattractive.

  4. Clay says:

    Lohan was SO much more attractive before she wasted away to nothing.
    Skinny is attractive, but there is absolutely such a thing as too skinny.

  5. Eric says:

    Let’s talk biology. The common trait among women considered attractive and those who are not is that they are simply healthy.
    Too skinny is not healthy, just as too fat is not healthy. From an evolutionary standpoint, most grown-up, well-adjusted men want some curves and good skin– because they are apparent characteristics of healthy women, who will be more succesful in producing children.

  6. oldman says:

    Rachael McAdams is healthy thin. Lohan, kidman, and simpson are sickly thin.

  7. Eric says:

    I’ll agree with you, Oldman. There’s a difference between fit, skinny, and emaciated.
    Maybe it’s that people just have a natural body type, and weight fluctuations beyond a certain range in either direction are off-putting. Rachel McAdams is thin, but it’s not unnaturally so, like the new Lindsay Lohan.

  8. TheBrotherhoodOfTheLostSkeletonOfCadavra says:

    What’s really aggravating is when women who start out lush and ripe–like Jolie or Denise Richards–suddenly decide to diet themselves down to look like extras in SCHINDLER’S LIST. Granted, there is a world of difference between Sarah Jessica Parker, who obviously puts in some serious gym time, and Lara Flynn Boyle, who looks like she’s simply stopped eating. But the toothpick-arm look is not very sexy and dangerous to boot.

  9. PastePotPete says:

    Vanessa Marcil is long and lean? She’s skinny, true, but she’s like 5’3″.
    And I’m pretty the reason why some men are attracted to Emma Watson is because they’re perverts, not because of her “earthen powers.”

  10. PastePotPete says:

    ^^add “sure” after “pretty.”

  11. Goulet says:

    More big girls on screen! Please. Breeders indeed.

  12. oldman says:

    Page 3 girls are definately breeders. They are possibly the only reason to see Duece Gigilo in Europe

  13. oldman says:

    I just read that Kidman will be in yet another remake; The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. How ironic.

  14. VGM says:

    I had no idea middle-aged men had a thing for Emma Watson. Is that true? (I think it’s obvious now that I’m not middle-aged.)
    Wait, come to think of it, I do recall Joe Leydon saying something about how he couldn’t watch the Potter movies any more because he was paying a little too much attention to young Hermione. And I thought adults liked Harry Potter for the storytelling.

  15. jeffmcm says:

    Must be a slow weekend for Dave P…two blog entries on the attractiveness of young women.

  16. sky_capitan says:

    I didn’t know that about Emma Watson either. Why her?
    Lindsay Lohan scares me. Maybe she’d like to meet Karen Carpenter…

  17. jeffmcm says:

    Would Nicole Kidman please take some time off from working? Is she trying to save up so she can buy her kids free and clear from Tom Cruise?

  18. Lota says:

    re. column–
    well many women are “primitive” too in how they see men but perhaps they would perhaps not vocalize the terms in the same somewhat crass way that men do re. women.
    I feel guilty when those kinds of thought crowd into my head and I start evaluating a male based on if he is ‘alpha male’ enough.

  19. Rory says:

    Lota, thanks to being animals, that’s how it works. The fun of it all.
    jeff, when D-po cant thinking of anything else to say. He must revert to what he knows. If you remember what Joe Leydon said a while back. I guess it will explain itself.
    Blonde Lohan remains to be a very poor faxsimile of Red-head Lohan. She has parent troubles right now. Let us hope she remembers; steak.

  20. Sanchez says:

    Lota is just jealous because she ain’t skinny. It sucks but thats the truth. Like all women.

  21. jeffmcm says:

    I’ll just jump in here and apologize for Sanchez on behalf of all men, everywhere. We’re not all immature and snide like he is.

  22. Rory says:

    Good show jeff. Yet, I feel, Lota will easily be able to respond in turn to Sanchez.

  23. Lota says:

    Sanchez is just jealous because he doesn’t have a 22.8 waist. But Lota aint too skinny and eats plenty of steak. So there.
    I’m afraid a mature alpha male never would have said that Sanchez. Too bad for you.

  24. Other Sister says:

    I’d like to see a little more belly. I don’t mean more belly exposed (I don’t know if that’s possible), but rather a little more roundness. The kind of belly you see on, well, belly dancers. There’s something to be said for a little bit of pot belly.

  25. Sanchez says:

    Don’t hate to speak the truth Mr Jeff. If you like tubbys than thats fine but don’t apologize for it.

  26. Panda Bear says:

    Some guys like fat girls. To each his own.

  27. Martin says:

    Any middle aged man drooling over emma watson is probably a bad IM session away from being locked up. That’s some fucked up thought processes.

  28. Chester says:

    Martin, I couldn’t agree with you more about anyone who ogles Emma Watson, who is only 15 years old. But, legalities aside, I wish people would also keep in mind that Lindsay Lohan is only 19. As a parent with a young daughter, I find all of the innuendo about Lohan’s physique to be sickeningly inappropriate.

  29. Joe Leydon says:

    I prefer my women with meat on their bones, lines on the faces and brains in their heads. You want to talk sexy? Helen Mirren. SHE is sexy.
    Actually, I knew I was starting to get old when I began to see movies in which the hero’s MOTHER looked hot to me. First time it happened: “The Prince Of Pennsylvania,” in which Keanu Reeves’ mom was played by Bonnie Bedelia. Took one look at that and thot: “Oh, mamma! Come to papa!”
    And don’t get me started about “Freaky Friday.” You know, the one in which Jamie Lee Curtis was the mom for.. oh, what’s her name again?

  30. Sanchez says:

    Give me coked out actresses who pass on b fast and lunch.

  31. nick says:

    I like all kinds of women, some can be skinny naturally and carry it well. I have been fortunate to meet the great character actress Kathleen Quinlan in person, and apart from being a refreshingly nice and ordinary person, she also has a fantastic athletic build (indeed, she told me she had originally trained to be an athlete, and I guess she keeps at it).
    It seems to me there is lately a bit of a backlash against all these horribly thin women who look like they’re halfway to death already, and I can only say that I think that is a good thing. I like a woman with some flesh on her, I like curves, I’m just not into the idea of trying to merge with a bag of toothpicks. Like I said I like all kinds of women (Asian women tend to be on the skinny side just by nature, and you won’t catch me kicking Michelle Yeoh out of bed even if I got that lucky), but what’s a type I’m drawn to? Well, offhand, it doesn’t get any better than Kate Winslet. (I’ll never have the vaguest opportunity to kick her out of bed either, not like I would, but maybe you follow my point.)
    I’ll date myself horribly here, but I might as well: I invoke my all-time favorite, Jessica Lange. (I don’t know Pam Grier personally either so I doubt she will feel snubbed.)

  32. skinny biyatch says:

    LONG LIVE SKINNY WOMEN!! hehehe..being skinny is absolutely lustful and tempting! just look at her ridging chest bones and imagine how great it is to see her sweating while moaning getting shagged by a big black pole and she can’t stand it!! call me a sick fuck, but looking at a helpless and exhausted skinny girl getting a throat-fucked while her veins are bulging is way too good to be true man..!!

  33. jeffmcm says:

    And DP has a problem with my postings?

  34. Caesar Warrington says:

    I agree with a previous poster: Bring Back the Curves!
    There is absolutely nothing attractive about spinal cords and rib cages showing through emaciated skin.

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