Men need to stop apologizing for noticing female beauty. Any man that has a pulse would find Melania Trump attractive. I have commented to my wife and other people many times that if Donald Trump wins the Presidency(which I hope he does) Melania will be the most attractive first lady we have ever had as a nation.
Rarely would I find myself in a position to defend Chris Matthews as I disagree with him on a host of political and social issues. But when it comes to being a man we as men must stand up and defend our fellow men when masculinity is attacked.
This is what happened according to Variety.com writer Katie Van-Syckle:
“During the network’s coverage of Donald Trump’s Indiana primary victory speech, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was caught on a live microphone commenting on the appearance of Melania Trump, the Republican nominee’s wife.
“Did you see her walk? Runway walk. My God is that good,” Matthews said.
It appeared that the 70-year-old “Hardball” host wasn’t aware his comments were being broadcast. “I could watch that runway show,” he added.
Brian Williams, who was co-anchoring the coverage of Trump’s victory, quickly cut to a commercial break. MNSBC declined to comment to Variety about the incident.”
So Chris Matthews talked about how beautiful Melania Trump’s walk was (and yes she was a former model) not knowing he was being picked up by an open microphone.
Then Katie Van-Syckle starts into the typical feminist misandrist rant against Christ Matthews for being a man:
“In a statement to Variety, a spokesperson for Melania Trump said: “Melania Trump is an accomplished businesswoman and entrepreneur in her own right, achieving tremendous success in a variety of industries, including an illustrious modeling career, as well as being a dedicated wife and mother. It is unfortunate to see the continuous inaccuracies and misrepresentations made by the media of Mrs. Trump as anything less than the independently successful woman that she is.”
The pundit has been accused of sounding sexist on live television many times before. Here’s a look at some of his sexually regressive greatest hits…
In the summer of 2011, during Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s meteoric rise in the Republican party Matthews convened an all male panel to discuss why Sarah Palin “could not be hotter as a candidate.” In explaining her popularity, the anchor seemed to attribute her success to her looks. “By the way, there’s something about her. It’s primordial, “Matthews said. “When she walks and moves, there’s something electric about it. That she doesn’t do on television with Roger Ailes sitting in that booth in Wasilla. Look at, there‘s something. Other candidates don’t do this. She’s constantly in motion. She looks, obviously, very attractive. She’s doing something that works. If Mitt Romney was doing the same exact thing. This is what‘s going on here.”
So here is Katie Van-Syckle’s beef with Chris Matthews and how God has designed us as men. If a man looks at a beautiful business woman or politician and says how beautiful or hot she is he is reducing her to only a sex object. He is saying everything she has accomplished has not been because of her intelligence or her hard work ethic but simply because she is beautiful.
With the Melania Trump comment he was not connecting her business success with her beauty at all. But in his previous comment about former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin he was connecting her beauty with her success.
It is a fact backed up by multiple surveys and just plain common sense that beautiful people do get more breaks and are more successful.
In an article on Business Insider Melissa Stanger writes:
“Studies have shown that attractive people are usually hired sooner, get promotions more quickly, and are paid more than their less-attractive coworkers….
Researchers have studied the concept of beauty as a factor in a person’s success over and over again, and in multiple ways. Beautiful people tend to bring in more money for their companies, and are therefore seen as more valuable employees and harder workers, according to an article in Psychology Today by Dario Maestripieri, a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the University of Chicago.”
Men are wired for visual beauty
I have talked before in several articles about men checking out beautiful women that we ought not to do so in an inappropriate manner such as gawking or making the woman feel uncomfortable. But this man is getting scolded for something he thought he was saying in private! Give him a BREAK!
God desired men to receive pleasure from seeing beautiful women whether they are married to them or not – there is no off switch.
We as men are fully capable of seeing a woman as an object of sexual beauty and also a person. In fact we can totally dislike a woman’s personality, her political or social stances or many other things about her but still take pleasure in her beauty.
Even if Chris Matthews had made these comments directly to Melania Trump or her husband in an interview I am not sure they would have been inappropriate. He did not say something like “man I would so do her” but rather “I could watch that runway show”. If he phrased it just slightly differently I think he could have said this to Melania or her husband in an interview as a compliment toward her and there would have been nothing wrong with it.
But again we must remember the place and time – he thought what he was saying was off air. Now should he have been more careful – sure.
But now we will hear days of how men are horrible for saying noticing that successful women are beautiful.
Now I do find it a little ironic that a super liberal feminist like Chris Matthew’s finds himself in this position. But even if he is being inconsistent with his own beliefs (which I believe are very wrong by the way) I think we should cut the man some slack on this.
Give him a break and give all us men a break.
Men like beautiful women – feminist everywhere whether they be male or female just need to DEAL WITH IT.
For more on this subject of men looking at women see my series: