854 Slower.

The first version of this page basically ended on the “true enough” line.  Which I didn’t feel like was enough.  So it became a mish mosh of this page and the next.  Then I didn’t like that.  Then it was a combination of the next few pages.  Then they were all seperated out and I took another look at the whole thing.  The result will be as you see it, beginning with Carol given a moment to drink in the object of her affection, and also assert her dominance a little. 

It’s difficult trying to extrapolate what sorts of things a girl will find visually appealing since I’m not one.  Mostly I have to cobble together an idea based on my years around them.  On some level I know what all the characters find attractive, but my experience will ever be one sided. 

People rarely comment on the guys.  I’m always surprised when someone expresses attraction to them.  Men are pretty blatant about what they want and like.  Often crudely so.  It’s not hard to understand what they are responding to.  They tell you.  Girls do it much less.  (Strangely, I have found that gay men remain pretty blatant about what they like, generally speaking, whereas lesbians are more blatant, but still less so then gay men.  Sexuality is complex.)  One girl I know wants Mike and Jolene to get together, and is not shy about it.  She is absolutely an exception to almost every “rule” I know about women.  I find her opinion comforting in so far as they give me hope, since I am not attractive by normal standards. 

Women are much better at understanding what is sexy for both genders.  For whatever reason they can step outside themselves and see it.  A straight man who can do that is rare.  It is not a power I posses.  When I do it it’s just an educated guess.  Girls tend to be less fixated on particular traits.  Although I know men who aren’t fixated on anything obvious and women who are.  They are the exception though.  Nothing is hard and fast about any of this though.  There are outliers in all things.  Which is, of course, the problem with averages. 

The long and shor of all of this is that I don’t know what the average attractive man looks like.  I find with myself that whoever I am in love with becomes what I find attractive, so maybe it will all sort itself out in the end with Carol and Thomas too.


“Women are much better at understanding what is sexy for both genders.”

Sometimes I think the reason is because in our culture, straight men are often conditioned at a young age to be afraid of even possibly finding another man attractive for fear of emasculation. Because so much of the traditional female education was being pretty and recognizing pretty things, it’s not too far off for us to freely evaluate how attractive members of our own sex are, sexually or platonically.

Huh, never thought about that before.

That is exactly it. The few times a straight man has commented on what I wear, he often felt he needed to say it wasn’t a come on… or that guy was very secure with himself and didn’t have any fear that him being called gay would have any effect on him.

It took me until my late 20s to allow myself to appreciate a man’s looks, so yeah, I think you’re right there, Katie.

Jackie, on the other hand, draws pretty handsome guys for not knowing how they would look like ;)

I think I may be of the rare breed which doesn’t hate Reggie and possibly fancies him? Though, of course the other guys are awesome too – don’t get me wrong, I love all the characters. I just don’t get all the Reggie-hatin’.

Reggie certainly has a certain style to him. Unconventional, but definitely there.

… Then I remember how easily he got a nosebleed from a little slap, and my eyebrows just drop. Funny about that.

I’ve done the same thing to my boyfriend, we chuckled at this page. I also shared the girls eating ice cream page from way long ago with him and we concurred it could work for both sexes.

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