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'lance
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posted 17 April 2002 01:31 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bah! I'm with Charles Taylor on this one.

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For all the ink that's been spilled on the alleged pernicious effect of fashion magazines on female self-esteem, no one has as yet taken on one of the most damaging blows to female confidence. I'm talking, of course, of Dorothy Parker and her famous couplet "Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses."

I speak from some experience, as a man who has made passes at several girls who wore glasses and even wound up marrying one. Glasses, like small breasts, seem to be one of those things that women automatically assume men find unattractive.

...

Haven't even good movies fed the image of glasses as unsexy? Think of the bookstore sequence in "The Big Sleep," one of the sexiest scenes on film. Bogart's Philip Marlowe takes refuge from an afternoon rainstorm in a Los Angeles bookstore and offers a bottle of "pretty good Rye" to the comely young thing manning the shop. "Well," she says, pulling down the shade on the front door, "looks like we're closed for the day." This isn't just any young thing. It's the young Dorothy Malone, a brunet at the time and a decade before she was to distinguish herself as the platinum man-bait in such Douglas Sirk doozies as "Written on the Wind." She's a doozy herself. Bogart tentatively asks her if she has to ... and hesitates, indicating her glasses. Turning away, she removes them, lets down her hair and, when she turns back to him, is greeted with a friendly, lascivious "Hell-lo." Letting down the hair (one of the simplest and most devastating of erotic acts) is a good idea. For me, though, the glasses could have happily stayed put.



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posted 17 April 2002 02:36 PM      Profile for NDB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've been desperately trying to downgrade my vision for years in an effort to qualify for specs.

Man, to me, the nerdy-sassy look is all that . . .


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'lance
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posted 17 April 2002 02:39 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I've been desperately trying to downgrade my vision for years in an effort to qualify for specs.

Well, aside from the obvious solution of plain glass lenses, you could always go to work in the graphic arts. My vision was lousy when I started, worse when I finished. And it hasn't changed since.


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posted 17 April 2002 02:44 PM      Profile for NDB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, see the glass lense thing conflicts with my desire not to be a poseur. I think that the visually impaired may not like it and I don't want to be an ostracized glasses wearer. So I guess I'll have to just keeping poking my eyes til it works.
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posted 17 April 2002 02:49 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think glasses are cool! If I ever have a kid, I'm gonna make sure s/he's got glaucoma or whatever hereditary disease that can cause imperfect eyesight. I want my kid to see the world with the same rose coloured glasses I do. And of course, my beau that would birth this thing would have glasses too. Stylish glasses, 'cause they are soo cute on a girl.

Although, there might be a point here. If girls are wearing the glasses my mom had c1980 (huge ugly rims), yeah, I might think twice before asking if she wants a romp in the hay. But then, I think that applies to almost any fashion c1980.


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posted 17 April 2002 02:51 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I think glasses are cool! If I ever have a kid, I'm gonna make sure s/he's got glaucoma or whatever hereditary disease that can cause imperfect eyesight. I want my kid to see the world with the same rose coloured glasses I do.

Ohhhhh! Buuuuuuuuurrrrrrrn!


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NDB
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posted 17 April 2002 02:53 PM      Profile for NDB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know, there's almost something to be said for some of rim styles that would not be considered "modern". I see a lot of people wearing these "Buddy Holly"-style things (you know horn rim and not so flatering), but as long as their not wearing his white suit and waiter look, it's cool.
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posted 17 April 2002 03:00 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The buddy holly glasses were a fad that came and went. They were popularized by the lead singer from Weezer. I don't believe that they are popular any more. But that's just me. Your mileage may vary.

I'm just depressed that big, ugly hoop earrings and stupid 80s make-up are making a come-back. It's just wrong.


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posted 17 April 2002 03:03 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, the Buddy Holly thing is forty years old. I think the intellectual chic look almost demands those solid black frames from the fifties. But, I'm talking about the failed looks of a recent vintage where the lense spans about half of your face.

If I turn forty and spot all the teeny-boppers with these things, I'm gonna do the standard middle-age critique and proclaim our youth is lost and has absolutely no sense whatsoever.


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posted 17 April 2002 03:08 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My hairdresser tells me big hair is starting to come back. Oh 80's, I have waited so long for you!
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posted 17 April 2002 03:09 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It never left. Been to a country music bar?
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posted 17 April 2002 03:14 PM      Profile for NDB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Or worked in the federal public service?

Big hair for women, Mullets for men.

[ April 17, 2002: Message edited by: NDB ]


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 17 April 2002 03:21 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Mullets for men

The ones that aren't bald, anyways.


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Michelle
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posted 17 April 2002 03:44 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh yeah. Forgot about the country bars. The Billy Ray Wannabes.

Actually, some guys didn't look too bad in mullets. I was watching a video, and I forget the guy's name - was it Michael Smith? Anyhow, this one guy had a mullet - oh it was definitely a mullet. And it actually looked good on him. So good that I was thinking, "Wow, is he good looking" BEFORE I thought, "Whoa, check out the mullet on that guy."

You just wait. The mullet will be back "in" again. Of course, they will call it something else. Something cool. And there will be a slight difference so that no one can say, "Oh, that's just an 80's mullet!" without looking ignorant and totally out of it (the way I do with "bell-bottoms" and "flares").


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posted 17 April 2002 03:56 PM      Profile for NDB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The mullet all ready has some great pseudonyms:

- apropos Mr. Cyrus, one might say either, "The Billy Ray" or "The Achy Breaky Big Mistaky"
- the Beaver Paddle
- the Lousiana Purchase
- the Soccer Rocker
- the Tennesee Tophat
- the Canadian Passport
- the Wrestler's Wig, or the Wrestlemania
- the Seven (think 7)
- The Business Cut (Business up front, Party in the back)
- the 10/90
- the Camero Crash Helmet

The Mullet will have may names and take many forms, but never be fooled . . . a Mullet is a Mullet is a Mullet, and it ain't a good thing, it's a bad thing.


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posted 17 April 2002 04:52 PM      Profile for Chris Guenard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Don't fear the mullet. Respect the mullet. It's the only hair that can boast Business in the front, while at the same time being a party in the back.
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 17 April 2002 05:11 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
http://www.mulletmadness.com
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posted 17 April 2002 08:06 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd like to dedicate this song to one who knows..... my awful secret.

The Mullet:


All our times have come
Here but now they're gone
Seasons don't fear the mullet
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..
we can be like they are
Come on baby...
don't fear the mullet
Baby take my hand...
don't fear the mullet
We'll be able to fly...
don't fear the mullet
Baby I'm your man...

Valentine is done
Here but now they're gone
Cheap Trick and Joan Jet Are together in eternity...
Cheap Trick and Joan Jet
40,000 men and women everyday...
Like Cheap Trick and Joan Jet
40,000 men and women everyday...
Redefine happiness
Another 40,000 coming everyday...
We can be like they are Come on baby...
don't fear the mullet
Baby take my hand...
don't fear the mullet
We'll be able to fly...
don't fear the mullet
Baby I'm your man...

Love of two is one
Hair, but now they're gone
Came the last night of sadness
And it was clear she couldn't go on
Then the door was open and the wind appeared
The candles blew then disappeared
The curtains flew then shears appeared...
saying don't be afraid
Come on baby...
and she had no fear
And she ran to him...
then they started to cut
They looked backward and said goodbye...
she had become like they are
She had taken his hand...
she had become like they are
Come on baby...
don't fear the mullet.

With appologies to Blue Oyster Cult, and a wink to Rebecca West.

[ April 17, 2002: Message edited by: Tommy_Paine ]


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'lance
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posted 17 April 2002 08:15 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Brilliant Tommy... but my idea here was second Taylor's point about glasses being sexy. I figured one or two bespectacled women might take heart, or something. How in ten thousand hells did this end up being about mullets?

Well, I'm scarcely in a position to lecture about thread drift, I guess...


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posted 17 April 2002 08:16 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah, but glasses.

There are men who have a fetish for women who wear glasses. I'm not sure that glasses are such a turn off.

My middle daughter needed glasses long ago, and she got herself a pair and absolutely hated them. What she doesn't know is that when she wears them, she looks so much like my late mother that it always pierces my heart. She opted for contacts.


My eldest needs glasses, and she got herself a stylish pair, that are half rims. They suit her perfectly, and give her an air of professionalism that I find astonishing.

I don't need glasses myself, which is odd, everyone else in my family needed glasses long before they reached my age. Must have been all that sitting too close to the T.V., and reading in the dark after bed time as a kid that's kept them so sharp all these years.

I do have difficulty with the speed with wich my eyes shift from far to near, but I can still read the fine print, given the time to adjust.


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posted 17 April 2002 08:20 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Glasses can be sexy, as I said, it's a fetish item with some guys. I'm not sure if I'm one of them, perhaps a bit. They are deffinately not a "turn off", nor do I think they make a woman look unatractive. That (shivers of revulsion) "Dame Edna" act, now those glasses are a turn off. I'm not sure any on him would be a turn on, come to think, to my greater relief.
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posted 23 April 2002 06:41 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had Lasik surgery 3 years ago. Absolutely no regrets -- my vision is 20/20. No more dust, finger prints, etc obscuring my vision. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!!
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posted 24 April 2002 06:37 PM      Profile for SpiffyBiff        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wen't to the expert..Mr.Gimble himself. 3 years later I'm 20/10 (excellent) and now I don't have to care about glasses when it come to swimming, hockey and all sports. Best money I've spent....
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posted 24 April 2002 06:55 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Have you noticed that your distance vision is better than when you had glasses?

I asked the doc about it shortly after the surgery was done -- he explaine that while the lenses clarify the image, they also shrink it. Without the lenses, the object in the distance is larger and easier to see.

And the swimming and sports thing, definitely better without the specs.


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posted 28 April 2002 08:05 PM      Profile for from the mouths of babes     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Bogart tentatively asks her if she has to ... and hesitates, indicating her glasses. Turning away, she removes them, lets down her hair and, when she turns back to him, is greeted with a friendly, lascivious "Hell-lo." Letting down the hair (one of the simplest and most devastating of erotic acts) is a good idea. For me, though, the glasses could have happily stayed put.


ummm... as a chick who wears glasses, let me point out that having them smashed down onto your face is not that comfortable a feeling. I love my glasses, they look great and everything, but when you're in a situation with another person where your face is close to theirs it is much more comfortable to take off the glasses rather than have them smashed onto the bridge of your nose.

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