The Dove advertising campaign got launched at the Church of Oprah, where self-esteem is built on ignoring the obvious.
“Every woman is beautiful”: Political correctness is now oozing out of a tube of hand lotion.
Can anyone possibly believe that “every woman is beautiful”, any more than “every man is handsome”?
What are they, blind?
The elderly mother of one of my friends is a most attractive woman. She has great legs even at the age of eighty, beautiful hands and great complexion. She’s been married and widowed three times. She’s well dressed and has a great personality. But she has Mary Wickes‘s face, not Ava Gardner‘s.
(Ava Gardner used to stay at the hotel where my father worked. Of all the famous and beautiful that visited that hotel over the decades, she was the only one that the hotel staff considered as naturally beautiful even as she aged.)
Patrick Stewart has tremendous stage presence. He is well dressed, and when I’ve seen him on stage he’s been in great shape. He has a most sexy voice. But he’s not the young Errol Flynn.
Heck, even the old Errol Flynn wasn’t the young Errol Flynn.
And Errol Flynn was never Humphrey Bogart, either.
As Virginial Postrel points out,
Like the rest of the genetic lottery, beauty is unfair. Everyone falls short of perfection, but some are luckier than others.
Luck is hard.
Self-confidence is even harder.
Not every woman is beautiful. Not every man is handsome. Deal with it.