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Sports Illustrated seems to think they're performing some type of virtuous act by including "larger women" in their Swimsuit Edition these days. This would be fine, except these "larger women," even though they may weigh fifty pounds more than average, are young, beautiful, have runway-perfect hair and skin, and in the right pose, still have something close to hourglass figures. Show me the thighs with cauliflower cellulite, the pale, pasty beer guts hanging over the belt line, the 70-year-old who can't get up from her wheelchair because of her weight, and the other ugly realities of obesity, and *then* I'll believe you're doing something other than trying to sell magazines. "It's a start," they'll say. Maybe. We'll see how far you take this, but as of now, it's more like catering to a fetish, or a token response to societal pressures.
Why, you may ask, is Don thinking about Beau Brummell at 7 AM on a Wednesday morning? That's a very good question, and unfortunately, I don't have a good answer. Everyone has heard the name "Beau Brummell," but I suspect not many people know who he really was. The Wikipedia link to his story reveals an absolutely fascinating portrait of a man who was clearly a progenitor of OCD: * He took five hours each day to get dressed. * He polished his boots with Champagne. * It goes on. One thing he is credited for is having influenced the modern men's suit and tie - I'm not sure if this is a good thing, or a bad thing, but it's nevertheless pretty darned important. Anyway, you should have a look - the final stages of his life should come as a surprise to no one.