Playgirl's hunks? The hairy, chubby & poor!

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Playgirl's hunks? The hairy, chubby & poor!

Postby Ontime » Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:36 am

New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Playgirl's hunks? The hairy, chubby & poor!
BY RIVKA BUKOWSKY
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Forget waxed chests and rock-hard abs. A new survey finds ladies like their men scruffy, a wee bit chubby - and definitely not a metrosexual.
Playgirl asked 2,000 of its readers what they find sexy in a man and the answers were surprising: 42% said they thought love handles were kind of sexy and 47% approved of chest hair.

The mag, which often features toned, hairless males in its beefcake photo spreads, is now searching for a man who meets readers' standards.

Average Joes everywhere can send photos to models@playgirlmag.com to compete for a shot at a pictorial in a future issue.

Rich playboys need not apply - only 4% of women said the size of a man's wallet mattered. Metrosexuals are also out: 73% want a guy who is "rough around the edges."

"This survey shows that the guy who's most attractive to our readers is not your average Hollywood hunk," said Playgirl editrix Jill Sieracki. "It's the average Joe who came up on top. Women are practical about their choices, and they're smart."

New York matchmaker Janis Spindel, a self-described specialist at setting up "highly successful, well-educated, attractive professionals," confirmed the survey's findings. "It's scary, but women don't care [about looks]," she said. "Men are very superficial and very shallow."

But Spindel disputed the claim that women don't care about finding a rich man: "Women want a man who makes more money than they do," she said. "They want to be able to live a comfortable lifestyle."
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SWEEEEET

Postby Ontime » Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:27 pm

New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Geek chic
By JACOB E. OSTERHOUT
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Good news, losers: It's cool to be uncool. With the upcoming releases of two new movies, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "The Baxter," and the recent success of "Napoleon Dynamite," Hollywood has gleefully embraced dorkdom.
Hear that, matinee idols? This might be the time for you to trade in your Uzi and Aston Martin for a pocket protector and a sweater vest.

"The Baxter" follows a man named Elliot Wilbur Sherman (Michael Showalter of MTV's "The State" and Comedy Central's "Stella"), whose name is a good barometer of his geekitude status. He's a movie star who spends his spare time reading the dictionary and playing the piano, all while wearing plaid pullovers. "He looks perfect on paper," Showalter says, "but he's square. He is not your typical leading man. Leading men drink beer - Elliot orders a Harvey Wallbanger."

Elliot might not be hip, but he is desirable. "He's not romantic," says Showalter. "He is the kind of guy that plays it safe. You know - unspontaneous. But his heart is in the right place and he is capable of loving a woman."

Whatever his foibles, Elliot is typical of the modern-day leading man. Throughout pop culture history, protagonists were required to have ripped abs or bulging biceps. Now in these films and TV shows like "Beauty and the Geek" they simply need a "Hello! My name is Myron" name tag. It seems that, more and more, the ladies love Geek Chic.

"Women find sex appeal in male geek movie characters," notes Gitesh Pandya, editor of www.boxofficeguru.com. "Geeks have charm in their awkwardness. The personality of a geek makes him sexy, partially because he can be pitied and partially because they are good-natured people."

Hope we don't give anything away, but the title character of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" has never had sex. Andy (Steve Carell) collects action figures, plays video games and, on weekends, blows his baritone horn. "This is a character who has missed out on some opportunities in his life," says Carell. "He was probably in the marching band when he was in high school."

But the affable guy finds love by the end of the film. "Andy is attractive because he is nice and sweet," points out Carell. "He's not a bad boy. He's not dangerous. He is not threatening. He is unique."

It's such individuality that makes for intriguing movie characters. "When people see these characters, they feel good about themselves," says Pandya. "If a geek can succeed, then there is hope. It gives the audience confidence."

"They're always putting their foot in their mouth," says Showalter. "There's something cringe-worthy about them that makes us laugh, but while we're laughing at them, we're also rooting for them."

Of course, Hollywood blockbusters starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are not headed for extinction. But they do have to make room for movies like "Napoleon Dynamite," whose lead character is hardly a heartthrob.

"Superhero films are more about escapism," notes Pandya. "Films about geeks are about realism."

So is Geek Chic here to stay? "Who knows what's cool anymore?" says Carell. "It's not cool to be uncool, but it is also not cool to be cool. It's cool to be somewhere in between. There is this gray area that is most all of us."

Are you taking notes, Pitt? Better start brushing up on your baritone horn, pal.
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Postby Ontime » Wed Aug 17, 2005 3:31 pm

Fat Hairy Poor Nerds are all the rage. The times, they are a changin'.

This is truely the summer of Curt.
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Postby Huckster » Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:04 pm

and I reckon girls also dig it when those fat hairy dorky guys ride PURPLE motorcycles that look like real Harleys but aren't! I still dig ya Mistuh Davis.
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