The Way Men Look (was Re: Fat and lit)

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at
Thu Feb 6 13:04:19 EST 2003

On Thu, 06 Feb 2003 16:50:12 +1000, Ms Kathleen Jennings wrote:

>Men - especially good/good-looking men - seem to be described less frequently
>and in a lot less detail in books than women do. It seems they are allowed to
>get by more on the basis of personality. Or maybe the stereotypes are so strict 
>that no-one feels required to bother describing them at all???

In romantic fantasy, at least, the idea is that the woman reading the book
should be able to vicariously "fall in love" with the male character.  The
lack of detail enhances the woman's ability to fill in the blanks with
whatever she finds most attractive.

Melissa Proffitt

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