Holy cow, I wrote a book!
At dinner a few years ago,
one of my friends brought up a study
(which I can't find, so who knows if it's actually true, but let's
assume it's true for the sake of the story)
that examined the effect of gender differences in expectations of thinness.
One of the factors that the study considered was sexual orientation,
and they found that homosexual men were, on average, thinner than their
and conversely that
heterosexual women were
thinner on average than their homosexual um, what's the female counterpart
In other words, the conclusion of the study
was that the pressure to be thin
depends not so much on your own gender
but rather on the gender of the person you're trying to attract.
If you want to attract a man, you are more likely to be thin.
Like I said, whether what is
now a thirdhand report
of the study's conclusions is true
isn't important to the story.
It just served as a catalyst for this snippet of conversation that
Deborah: "I can see that.
My friend Eleanor [not her real name]
is a tall, beautiful Asian woman,
and she says she won't date guys unless they have a bit of a
Me: "You do realize that you just instilled hope into the hearts of
thousands of guys who live in their parents' basement?"
Sorry guys, I didn't ask for Eleanor's number.