IS DIRTY EVER SEXY?

Curvaceous but unkempt Moonbeam appeared in Al Capp's classic newspaper comic strip

Curvaceous but unkempt Moonbeam appeared in Al Capp’s comic strip

In my youth I had a huge crush on Moonbeam McSwine, the backwoods beauty who wallowed in mud among hogs in the old comic strip L’il Abner. In my eyes, she far outshined Daisy Mae, Abner’s pure-hearted blonde sweetheart. I still rank the curvaceous but unkempt hillybilly hottie the sexiest comic strip character of all time. Yet, paradoxically, If I went on a blind date with a woman and noticed she had dirty ears, it would be a deal-killer!

So, how important is hygiene and grooming in attractiveness? In ancient Rome, a senator’s daughter might find a sweaty, blood-covered gladiator more alluring than the fellow in the clean white toga in the seat beside her. And a woman of today might find a blue-collar lug with a little dirt under his fingernails more appealing than a metrosexual with a fresh manicure. Is dirty ever sexy? Weigh in with your answer below.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

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WILL SIDE CHICKS BURN IN HELL FOREVER?

SERVING UNDER THE PRESIDENT: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope works closely with the staff of President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) in "Scandal."

SERVING UNDER THE PRESIDENT: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope works closely with the staff of President Fitz Grant (Tony Goldwyn) in “Scandal.”

By. C. Michael Forsyth

2013 was the Year of the Side Chick in popular culture, with glamorous single ladies like the ones portrayed by Kerry Washington in Scandal and Gabrielle Union in Being Mary Jane caught up in steamy affairs with married men. I don’t get the appeal. To me, a gal whose romantic fantasy is to be the other woman is like a boy who dreams about one day being a co-pilot.

Many women relate because they’ve played the role of homewrecker at some point in their lives — and some express no moral qualms about it. They point out that only the married person in the extramarital affair is committing adultery and so, morally, they’re off the hook. But in addition to the 7th Commandment banning adultery, the 10th Commandment forbids you to covet your neighbor’s spouse. So, sleep with a married man and you’ve also committed a moral sin. You wind up in Hell just like the cheating hubby.

How do you see it? Check the other replies below, then say your piece.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

The writer of this blog is C. Michael Forsyth, author of the new romance novel The Blood of Titans.

Should a Woman Ever Propose to a Man?

Once upon a time it was taboo for a young woman to ask a man out on a date. Now it’s commonplace. But is it acceptable for a woman to propose to a man? After all, this is the 21st Century.