Beautiful and knowing it – on being too sexy for your [shirt, hat, cat]

E.M. Forster was [ostensibly; tho perhaps not] thinking of female beauty, specifically, but mutatis mutandis, it still seems to be true:

“…beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face, as Botticelli knew when he painted her risen from the waves, between the winds and the flowers. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.”

It bears thinking about, at any rate. I think there’s a difference between enjoying one’s body, as well as the fact that others, too, enjoy it [in whatever fashion, aesthetically or otherwise – minds out of the gutter, please, eyes up] and becoming accustomed to other’s reactions to it – feeling entitled to those reactions – or abusing & misusing the effects one can have on others. I leave it to others to ponder.

Any discussion of how humans who happen to be widely considered appealing (in their particular time and place) behave or ought to behave is, of course, academic for me, since whatever natural charms I might possess are, as my readers will well know, of the ovine variety.


Mm. Now that selfie, as I think you’ll agree, is deaad sexy.