If I could exist for one day in a physical form other than that which I am, I would choose either 1) to be a man in order to experience sex with a penis, 2) a bird so I could fly far, far far away from here or 3) an empirically beautiful woman, the stuff of muses, the face to launch a thousand ships. Be the girl all the bad boys want.
They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and once smitten we're drawn to something more than physical. We are, however, visual creatures, perhaps more so in our youth. Recently, to my surprise and SPANX relief, a man my age told me he’d come to a point of emotional maturity where he chooses to sleep with a woman while her clothes are on; it’s not the flash of physical that excites him as much, it’s something else.
But as a woman who falls in the "attractive" but not "breathtaking" category, I've wondered since girlhood what it would be like to be really, really pretty. Super hot even. What perks would befall? What challenges and sad realizations uncovered? Would I welcome or wilt from the attention, a first impression based more on tits than wits?
The longtime wonder gained steamed recently as I read the autobiography of Patti Boyd (nee Harrison, nee Clapton), a woman seemingly so lovely or in command of a gold gilded vagina to have inspired two of the greatest love/lust songs of the '60's, The Beatles "Something" and Eric Clapton's "Layla". Her '80's counterpart Rosanna Arquette spawned musical tributes as well, Toto's "Rosanna" and (it is rumored) Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes".
To walk in the stilettos of such a woman stirs thoughts of power, excess, envy, lust and (oddly) happiness, as if it's easier. Attractive people get better service in restaurants and at the car repair, move ahead faster in careers and earn larger salaries, all because of a simple genetic fluke and placement of the same human facial features. Millimeter spacing.
Yes, it’s silly and a bit self-effacing and (of course) a world of options exist to better serve the greater good, like being for one day the woman that can cure AIDS or cancer or put an end to the war in Iraq.
You’ve thought about what it be like to be king for just one day…