Monday, September 26, 2005

Are you symmetrical?

I'm listening to the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU right now. His guest is a gent named Mario Livio, and they're discussing symmetry in nature. Livio has just noted that research shows women who claim their partners have symmetrical facial features are more sexually satisfied.

I wonder if men, being more visually focused and stimulated, have an even stronger reaction to a partner with (theoretically) symmetrical features? That might explain Shannen Doherty's inability to make a relationship stick. (Well, that and the fact that she's kinda nuts.)

C'mon - y'all have noticed that one of her eyes is higher than the other, right? I actually find it fascinating, considering Hollywood's obsession with perfection in women, that an actress with an unusual facial abnormality could be cast as a major character in two shows. Of course, both shows were ensemble pieces (90210 & Charmed) - would she and her uneven eyes be able to star in a solo network effort? (I'm not counting the twisted prank show on Sci-Fi, and she was kicked off her WB/UPN/whatever show before filming ever even started.) Just wondering...

In watching "Rome" last night, I realized how much I enjoyed the British casting of the show. The women - with the possible exception of Polly Walker as Resident Badass Bitch Atia of the Julii - are not perfect Hollywood beauties. Don't get me wrong - they're all beautiful women with gorgeous skin and strong UK film and theater pedigrees, but most of them wouldn't stand a chance of catching many gigs in Hollywood. I like to think of it as the "Helen Mirren Syndrome" - a fantastic actress, but not cosmetically hot or young enough for most Hollywood producers to give her the time of day. (Grrrr.) In "Rome" there are older women with crows feet, some with unaltered, uncapped teeth, and a couple with cool, prominent schnozzes - and it's a wonderful, wonderful variety of beauty. I think it makes me like the show even more.

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