We happily flick through the paper until we hit upon a small shot of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks’ ample bosom, or Kelly Brook buying wallpaper while wearing a large sheepskin coat.
While Gwyn is proud of her taut, yoga body, men aren’t enthused.
To be truly sexy is about disregarding all this shallow stuff and just living.
A few years ago, before he was elected to the current post, but while he was a married man, he is said (according to this article, and based on a tape recording quoted therein) to have seduced his married hairdresser by inviting her to his basement “to show you how to do a proper pull-up.” There he taped her to “some rings” and blindfolded her (apparently with her consent, although it’s not as clear as would be ideal) and caused her to believe he had photographed her (without her consent) and would spread the pictures “everywhere” if she ever mentioned his name.But as females all over the world weep into their Snack a Jacks, determined never again to trouble the silver foil of a Cadbury’s family-size bar of milk chocolate, and vowing to actually go to the gym (where their occasional swim now works out at £50 a length), I say — not so fast.While Gwyneth, with her willowy figure, exercise addiction and macrobiotic fussiness, seems to drive most ordinary women insane with resentment, most men are oblivious to her wan perfection.Men don’t hang around in pubs talking about how many sit-ups their wife can do. To a man, this screams of neuroticism, a fear of being out of control.While shots of the stick-thin Gwyn might appeal to women, men prefer lumps, bumps and wobbly bits. This is the opposite of all the qualities that make a woman attractive; confidence in her body, a love and lust for life, and sensuality — rather than an obvious terror of being even the tiniest bit out of control. When I was 20, all the women I went out with had the bodies of 38-year-olds.
It didn’t bother me then, so why would it bother me now?