- men: I can’t stand girls with low self-esteem, it’s such a turn off
- men: Ew a fat girl ew stretch marks I want to be able to pick a girl up and kiss her and hold her in the air wow she has a flat chest mosquito-bite boobs oh gosh I don’t like boobs that big they get in the way I want a flat tummy on my girl oh she has to have a great body no love handles yuck beef curtains are gross I like big nipples I like small nipples yuck thunder thighs no that’s too thin you look anorexic I love curves no not plus-size just skinny girls with small waists and big hips wow caked on make-up is such a turn-off yet I worship this celebrity that has never been seen without make-up and I watch porn so my idea of a real woman is thousands of dollars in plastic surgery and I have unreasonable standards that real women will never be able to attain
Marriage has taken various forms in different eras and cultures. According to biblical accounts, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines and slaves. Sexual fidelity was not expected of men; the Israeli prohibition against adultery applied only to married or betrothed women. David’s sin with Bathsheba was because she was married, not because he was. He was encroaching on another man’s property, which was a violation of Biblical law — even for a king. According to Jay Michealson of Religious Dispatches, “In biblical society, when you conquered another city, tribe, or nation, the victorious men would ‘win’ their defeated foes’ wives as part of the spoils. … if a man died, his younger brother would have to marry his widow and produce heirs with her who would be considered the older brother’s descendants.” Those were the “traditional family values” of that day. There were even laws governing the proper treatment of the first wife, should a man decide to take a second one — customs from more or less the same era as the oft-cited Leviticus passage. Mitt Romney’s claim that marriage has been between one man and one woman for 3,000 years (an odd assertion for the great-grandson of a man with five wives), is about as historically accurate as “The Flintstones” cartoon.
People will often cry gross over-intellectualisation when popular culture is critically addressed, as if it is somehow exempt from serious consideration because it is itself ‘non-serious’, just a bit of fun that doesn’t require or deserve dissection. I disagree; every expression of art is a product of its environment and as such will reflect the concerns, preoccupations and neuroses of the time. Mainstream entertainment particularly, by its very nature, has to reflect the dominant modes of thinking in order to qualify as mainstream, and in that respect, mass entertainment is even more fun to pick apart.
— Simon Pegg, Nerd Do Well (via ninestories)