The French writer and television presenter Yann Moix, who I had never heard of until this morning, appears to have batted the hornet’s nest of older women with something like an 80 pound mallet. You can read about him at the Telegraph and The Guardian, among other sources. His comment? To wit:
“I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all,” he said, adding that he preferred to date Asian women, particularly Koreans, Chinese and Japanese.
“It’s perhaps sad and reductive for the women I go out with but the Asian type is sufficiently rich, large and infinite for me not to be ashamed.”
What amused me more than the comment itself, was the reaction. And I do get the reaction, but doesn’t that ultimately say more about the women condemning him than Moix? Why should any woman be bothered by what one man said? I suppose his comment could be treated as representative, and women do resent the fact that (with some men at least) they’re tastes don’t mature (if that’s the right word) along with women’s bodies. I thought it was richly ironic when the journalist and writer Colombe Schneck, aged 52, published a pic of her own sculpted behind.
Now, is it just me, or does it strike anyone else that Colombe’s post, to put it mildly, might have been self-defeating? Moix’s comment was, after all, reductive and unabashedly objectifying, so why post a picture, objectifying yourself, in order to prove that you have a body rivaling that of a twenty-something woman? I mean, unless you’re agreeing with Colombe?
Besides, isn’t the outrage hypocritical? Women do the same thing, only women aren’t staring at the shape of the man’s ass but at the shape of his a$$—or rather the size of the wallet in his back pocket:
“More than 1 in 5 women — 22% — say they wouldn’t date someone who makes less money than them, according to a new survey of 3,000 singles across the U.S. from dating company Plenty of Fish. That’s compared with just 4% of men and 11% of single people overall who said they wouldn’t date someone who makes less money than they do. The same study found 85% of singles tell the truth about how much they make. “
Or consider this round-table conversation:
“There are definitely a lot of women who keep an eye on the man’s wallet. That’s why you see some women perk up when a man says he’s a doctor or a lawyer. And if he’s a hot doctor or lawyer, forget about it!”
And here’s a man complaining that all the women he dates are after his money:
“Dear Heart2Heart, I am 27 and I have been working in Abu Dhabi for five years but travel to Uganda once in a while to check on my projects. For all the time I am in Uganda, I have tried to meet a woman who is serious about settling down but have realised all who agree to date me are after my money.”
And how many times have we heard women complain that men are only looking at their tits & ass? So, some men have their standards, and some women have theirs. But setting that aside, how is criticizing Moix any different from any other criticism of sexual taste? As Moix himself stated, calling himself “a prisoner of his tastes”:
“So much the better for them and so much the worst for me.”
I’m guessing that we all have our tastes, and not all of us would dare to admit them before God, country and the twitterverse. But so long as they are the kind between consenting adults, why not? A spokeswoman for Macron’s La République en Marche party, French MP Olivia Gregoire, tweeted: “Very classy Yann Moix. Very very classy. But like stupidity and vulgarity have no age, it’s reassuring in his case as I doubt many women want (these qualities).”
But I’m guessing that there’s a class of twenty-something Asian women who are little different from their twenty-something French counterparts. Moix is a famous and wealthy man. And I’m guessing that Moix will have no trouble finding a young woman as eager to enjoy the perks of his wealth and fame as he is to enjoy the perks of her twenty-something tits & ass. And who am I to criticize?
More power to them.
:Will Crimson • January 8 2019