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 Posted by on 20 September 2013 at 1:00 pm  Link-O-Rama
Sep 202013
 

  • John Pryce

    No offense Diana, but you seem to be unaware that at least some of the backlash against that girl winning Miss America comes from her fellow Hindis. Apparently in India, she would be considered too “dark” to be pretty (no kidding, someone pointed out that Bollywood has had only 1 or 2 “dark” actresses thus far).

  • c_andrew

    On the Hitler photos; my bookkeeper’s father in law was imprisoned by the gestapo in Czechoslovakia. He had been in Prague when the Hitler parade rolled through and as an amateur photographer, he’d managed to hide his camera and take pictures. What most of the historical shots failed to show was that there were Nazi troops behind the people lining the streets and they had submachine guns. His pictures showed that and he still managed to get them out of Prague. Unfortunately, when he went into assisted living for senile dementia, those photos got lost in the family distribution shuffle. Sad.

  • c_andrew

    I don’t know what the Hindi and American idiots are talking about. I think that the pictures posted are very beautiful. Although there is a certain irony to the idea that dark skin color disqualifies you as beautiful in India when, not so long ago, tanned skin, the darker the better was the thing in America. Isn’t there an anthropological term for this? Costly signaling? In the West, when most peons had to work outside, then the wealthy distinguished themselves by fair and untanned skin. When the peons moved indoors for their work-a-day life, the wealthy distinguished themselves by being fashionably tanned. Apparently, in India, the ideal beauty is to try to emulate the light skinned high caste Brahmin elite. Hmm. Those trying to lighten their skin to accommodate this esthetic seem to be in the same position as Ethan Hawke’s character in Gattaca with his “borrowed ladder.”

    • John Pryce

      Fat was the same way, as i recall, only to be fair, neither sex is generally attracted to fat, but they ARE attracted to wealth, and when fat means wealth, fat is IN.

      • c_andrew

        Good point. I remember seeing “Tucker” about the man who challenged the Big 3 auto makers and the regulatory regime that propped them up, and was struck by how plump his wife was as opposed to the actress that portrayed her in the move.

   
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