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This is what it was for.

It, um, got a little long. I originally was going to post it before P&P opened, and then actually started writing it on October 29. And finished it this morning.

Just in case you're curious.

Did I mention, long?


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Dec. 20th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Dude. AWESOME essay.
Dec. 20th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. It feels very meandery and babbly to me (mostly due to the usual problem of only actually saying about 15% of what I was thinking), so I'm glad it makes some kind of sense.
Dec. 20th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
It is an awesome essay.

For me, it's all so very subjective, depending on both subject and judge's mood, self esteem and background. I've been called plain, beautiful and ugly. I am all of these at various times, depending on my mood, health and outlook.

I frequently people watch and the single biggest factor I've noticed in how I react to someone's appearance is their facial expression. We've all seen that perons who always looks angry or in pain, then something distracts them and their face relaxes or they even smile, and it's like POOF a different person.
Dec. 20th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Hugely subjective, and hugely dependent on what people are doing. We're trained to think of beauty or lack thereof as a static image, but the kind that really attracts people almost never is. Even in still photos, the ones that draw people -- whether a subtle and sophisticated portrait or a girlie-mag centerfold -- are the ones that give the illusion of the subject doing.
Dec. 20th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Plainly said.
Dec. 21st, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
See, that usage I can totally get behind. Too bad it's out of favor.

And thank you!
Dec. 21st, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's a well-written blog entry, but I can tell there was more you wanted to say. It's a thorny issue, and one that everyone in your industry (and I daresay every woman alive) has to contend with. Very few, if any, people (male or female) are contented with their looks. The fact that beauty or lack thereof seem to be equated with the value of a person is a very sad commentary. I find that many people described as "plain" are thereafter dismissed as beneath notice, which is a disservice. No human being is beneath notice, even those of us for whom "plain" is a lofty goal we cannot hope to achieve.

That being said, I've used the word "plain" in my own books, most recently in Sacrifice. I've almost always used it for men, or buildings. I think because I'm sensitive to the epithet as it's been applied to women over the years, I've rarely if ever applied it to a female character in my writing.

Interesting topic, and deserving of more thought. Thanks for posting.
Dec. 21st, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
many people described as "plain" are thereafter dismissed as beneath notice, which is a disservice.

Yet another reason one could write a very large book and probably still not do justice to the whole tangle. And isolating a piece of it to discuss at a time is virtually impossible -- everything has too much bearing on everything else.

even those of us for whom "plain" is a lofty goal we cannot hope to achieve.

Or who believe that to be the case. Which has many, if not most, of the same detrimental effects.

(Being not in the market to be deemed either a liar or delusional today, I shall leave it at that. *smooch*)
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