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What Were They Thinking?

Posted on | July 11, 2014 | 55 Comments

Why would the editors of Esquire assign Tom Junod — or anybody else, for that matter — to write “In Praise of 42-Year-Old Women”? And, having made that assignment, why would they not demand a re-write after he turned in a horrifying mess that begins thus:

Let’s face it: There used to be something tragic about even the most beautiful forty-two-year-old woman. With half her life still ahead of her, she was deemed to be at the end of something — namely, everything society valued in her, other than her success as a mother. If she remained sexual, she was either predatory or desperate; if she remained beautiful, what gave her beauty force was the fact of its fading. And if she remained alone … well, then God help her.

What is the purpose of publishing this? Never mind. Here’s some advice for magazine publishers everywhere: Before you assign or publish an article, ask yourself, “Will this article be more enjoyable than the Gawker blog post viciously mocking the article?”

Tom Junod, according to Wikipedia, was born in the Eisenhower Administration, and is currently either 55 or 56 years old. Nevertheless, Tom Junod is gracious enough to admit he’s capable of wanting to f–k women who are within 13 or 14 years of his own age.
I, myself, by coincidence, am 42 years old right now. But I am male. As such, I would like to follow Tom Junod’s lead and reassure all the 28-year-old women of the world that I do not believe their advanced years should render them sexually unattractive to me.

Read the whole thing — the Gawker piece, I mean, not the Esquire article.



55 Responses to “What Were They Thinking?”

  1. cloud_buster
    July 12th, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    But, you know, Junod isn’t wrong.

  2. Crouching Dragon
    July 12th, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    Nice eyes.

  3. BurkeanMama
    July 12th, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    You see why feminists are so bitter, they hang out with liberal men. I noticed when I was very young, that the more liberal a man is the worse he treats any woman stupid enough to date him. It was one of the many, many, many reasons I became a Republican.

  4. theBuckWheat
    July 12th, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    “What is the purpose of publishing this?” To show that some people, who in other venues would scold the rest of us for being shallow and sexist, only relate to women in the most shallow and superficial way they can, and to show the only issue upon which that shallow relationship rests, which how it enables copulation.

  5. richard40
    July 14th, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    Basically liberal women thnk that as long as a man says the right liberal things to her he can treat her like dirt. A lesson reinforced by hillaries example.