So this image purports to be a series of composites of the average woman from various countries and ethnicities. I was struck by how attractive they all are. This makes some sense when you think about it from an evolutionary perspective. But I think it’s also a little surprising because it’s not how we typically use the word average.
This whole Kenneth Cole backlash is getting pretty ridiculous. The guy (or whoever writes his Twitter feed) wrote something crass and dumb. He immediately apologized for it. You’d be hard pressed to find a company more active in various social causes than Kenneth Cole. But as we learned with the Whole Foods debacle, the outrage mobs tend to live in the moment.
Hey, cut Bloomberg some slack! It’s isn’t cheap to prepare food that’s edible without using salt, trans-fats, saturated fats, or sugar.
Good on the ACLU for bringing this lawsuit. Here’s my question: Why haven’t the people at Signal who are responsible for this atrocity been criminally charged? If the ACLU is correct, there were a number of crimes committed, here.
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Regarding the “average” woman: it’s fairly well known that if you merge a bunch of faces together you get a fairly attractive face. For starters, the merging eliminates a lot of the blemishes and asymmetry that we find unattractive.
Drat! Radley, it’s a bright and beautiful Sunday morning, and the saddest Ebay auction photo I’ll ever see has been taken down. I’m a regular reader of your site, and I just can’t cope with all this happiness any longer. Please … what was the photo?
Not like you did not engage in a little of outrage yourself in the Limbaugh jackass Egypt journalist post below. There is absolutely nothing wrong in hearing some pundit bloviate and thinking to yourself or saying to others “what a jackass.” All people do that all the time. Hell, if we reflect on everything we say we could do the same to ourselves several times a day. It is mixing in the faux outrage on top of that that tends to be tedious.
I think age must have something to do with your first point. The average age of women in all of those countries can’t be around 21, as it appears from the photos. A quick search said that the median age of a Finnish woman, for example, is 42. Russia, 41.7. Israel, 30. Greece, 43.2. Germany, 45.2. So why do of these “average women” look like college sophomores?
The Signal case is strange. Why is the U.S. Government allowing the bringing in H-2 guest workers to work on welding and other related jobs in Mississppi and Louisana? Granted the events took place prior to the recession, but there were no U.S. workers available for those jobs? If what I suspect is true, Signal also circumvented the H-1/H-2 programs. Signal should also be prosecuted for abusing that federal program (and as we know a creative U.S. Attorney can find all kinds of criminal acts when you deviate from some federal program).
But exploiting guest workers (and making 24 workers share two toilets), while very bad as alleged in that complaint and if true certainly worthy of significant civil damages and criminal punishment, is not what I would call an “atrocity.” Can we save that word for extreme evil and cruelty?
“We are selling 8 Beyblades, 2 of them light up. As you can tell they are not happy about this! They have been using their bathtub as a “battle arena” and Beyblades + Bathtub = Destruction!!! With the metal ones they managed to scrape the enamel off the tub, take a chunk of tub out and break off the soap holder. SO if you “win” this auction DON’T play with in a bathtub!!! We have recieved a quote of $500.00 to replace the tub, some tiles, and soap holder + labor of course! They had approxamently $125.67 in their piggy banks that will be going to toward the cost. We will use the profit from this auction towards the balance and then it is onto other toys!”
Galton overlaid multiple images of faces onto a single photographic plate so that each individual face contributed roughly equally to a final composite face. While the resultant “averaged” faces did little to allow the a priori identification of either criminals or vegetarians, Galton observed that the composite image was more attractive than the component faces. Similar observations were made in 1886 by Stoddard, who created composite faces of members of the National Academy of Sciences and graduating seniors of Smith College. This phenomenon is now known as “averageness-effect”, that is highly physically attractive tend to be indicative of the average traits of the population.
average != typical. no single person is average. the average face will hide aging and imperfections. there was a science article years back where the “average woman” and “average attractive woman” weren’t that different. i can believe the claim quite easily.
I don’t care what NYers pay in taxes. The amount of waste they actively condone is amazing. They have union labor hand welding b-ball hoops full time. NY is not even remotely serious about budgets. But they sure beat that drum.
Decades ago, I read a science fiction novel (can’t remember title and author) in which humanoid aliens had been keeping humans under surveillance for centuries. When they decided to use a female operative for the first time, they surgically modified her face to be the average of female human faces in the hope she would blend in and not be noticed. She created male distraction and havoc wherever she went.
I thought Kenneth Cole’s comment was mildly funny. I do not think he has anything to really apologize for. There is no way you could possibly take his comment as a serious one. But it is weird how you think Cole gets a pass because he is “active in social causes.”
Here are the top ten celebrities on giving to charities:
Not to speak for Radley, Joe, but I would suggest that maybe it’s because Kenneth Cole made one tweet in questionable taste, whereas Limbaugh has made a multi-decade career out of spewing lies and hateful bullshit. Just maybe.
The difference between what Cole did and what Limbaugh does regularly is fairly apparent. Cole made a promotional joke about a revolution in progress. Limbaugh has a long history of lying, being bigoted, and being a hypocrite.
I, too, commend him on the charity he’s given, but it doesn’t change his long history of very negative behavior.
This is typical of Cole’s humor. I don’t think he’s got anything to apologize for. Limbaugh’s persistent mean-spiritedness, his willingness to target individual people, and his support for government brutality put him in a different category.
It is perfectly okay to think Rush Limbaugh is a jackass because you disagree with him. But what Radley did was go that extra step of faux outrage because he made a joke and then retracted it. The outrage is not about the joke, it is about the speaker. Demostrated by the next thread where Radley defended Cole because of who the speaker os. My point is simple, if you feel the need to go after Rush, go after Rush. Limbaugh’s joke about the reporters given the context was really a non-issue, just like Kenneth Cole’s joke was a non-issue.
I would guess that Bill Gates didn’t make the list because whoever created it doesn’t consider him a celebrity. The people who are on the list are famous without regard to their wealth – entertainers and sports stars. He’s a businessman whose fame derives from his wealth.
There are probably lots of ‘famous because they are rich’ people who would be on that list if the listmaker defined celebrity to include them.
Dan Danknick |
February 7th, 2011 at 2:08 pm
It’s too bad that eBay auction was removed – I’d like nothing more than to see Michael Bey buy those Beyblades and pay with a Transformers-themed money order.