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The young Italian women are too busy trying to stay away from the young Italian men.

Posted by Greg | January 21, 2008 2:04 PM

I've always thought that american women age very badly per se. They try for an older look, always. I remember seeing "the bachelor" and such distasteful things on t.v. and there, 25 year old girls looked like my older sister (I am 31). All that blonde hair in towers over their heads, all those decadent clothes, they looked formal and mature. Even the blond model at the right of the screen now, looks foxy, overknowing and, well, thirty in my eyes, when she might be 21. I live in Argentina, and comparatively, 25 years old here mostly look no more than older teens, and 30 year old women still look girly, or fresher. Or something.

Posted by tinydoc | January 21, 2008 2:17 PM

If I lived in Italy with Italian men I'd be sexy too. What's the point?

Posted by watcher | January 21, 2008 2:34 PM

Well there you have it. ~200 million women summed up for us by Mr. Mudade. Cheers. Thanks for helping us out.

Posted by paul | January 21, 2008 2:36 PM

Italian women, save for a handful of exceptions, are hideous.

Posted by joselito | January 21, 2008 2:41 PM

So we are to believe that you must have that special "something" that all the ladies want Mr. Mudade?

Thanks for representing the American male while on your vacation over there.

I'm sure the Italian ladies now have a steretype for the rest of us to have to deal with when we visit.

I'm also certain you let the younger Italian women know your feelings of their "clumsiness"?

Posted by Reality Check | January 21, 2008 2:45 PM

Charles you're awesome! I'm not Italian but I'm glad you can admit that above forty can be sexy.

Sexy clothes are much funner over forty anyway.

Posted by mj | January 21, 2008 2:51 PM

@2 - it's true. Fashion-wise, American women come in two forms: those who aspire to drab beige sexlessness, and those who never stop dressing how they did when they were fifteen. Not that American men have any fashion sense, mind you, but nonetheless ...

Posted by uh huh | January 21, 2008 2:52 PM

but did you control in this experiment for the type of alcohol you were drinking or the places where you drank it? perhaps the only thing this anecdote tells us is that the boozers you hang out with and hit on in seattle age badly, and that you felt like less of a lech in italy, where you were hitting on women your own age?

Posted by experiment control | January 21, 2008 2:56 PM

Older Italian men are sexy. And their come is plentiful. And delish.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 21, 2008 2:59 PM

Ass-backwards, as usual.

Posted by left coast | January 21, 2008 3:04 PM

That's a broad generalization.

Posted by JC | January 21, 2008 3:28 PM

A sterling example: Sophia Loren

Posted by raindrop | January 21, 2008 3:42 PM

What in the sam hell do you mean when you speak of aging "better," anyway?

One of your lazier posts, sir.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 21, 2008 3:45 PM

An interesting observation that I would like to see pursued in excruciating detail, including photos for comparison. I personally hold to the Beastie Boy's philosophy that all the world's ladies can be found wonderful, glorious, and deserving of tribute. Plus, accents seem to activate the pleasure centers. And older? Knock America's MILF's at your peril, ingrate.

Posted by Marko | January 21, 2008 3:45 PM

Hell yea - you look at Isabelle Adjani in "Nosferatu the Vampyre" and 30 years later in "Shoot Em' Up" she looks exactly the same (plus about 15 lbs.) - it's like she made a deal with the Devil or something.

Posted by Colton | January 21, 2008 3:45 PM

Not bad for someone 53 years old. Wikki says she was born in 1955.

Posted by Colton | January 21, 2008 3:50 PM

Please do not provide more fodder for the idiotic arguments about which nations have the most beautiful women. Jesus, this is so inane.

Posted by oljb | January 21, 2008 4:05 PM

Japanese women age better!

Posted by FineWhine | January 21, 2008 4:25 PM

jesus, get over monica belluci already!

italian women, and european women in general, look better when older because mainly, they're NOT MORBIDLY OBESE.

& don't dress like shit. and they believe in lingerie.

Posted by max solomon | January 21, 2008 4:31 PM

Jubilation @14 - aging better than Spanish women, perhaps. At least when I lived there before the Union. Maybe the Union has brought along better aging, I don't know. Anyways, at that time, a shocking number of 40+ Spanish women had morphed into stout (if by 'stout', you understand 'durable' as well) rectangles with arms and legs still maintained and employed for movement and action.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | January 21, 2008 4:35 PM

@21 -- Actually, Lloyd Clydesdale, I was exasperated with the implied looksism inherent -- hell, baldly hanging from -- Mr. Mudede's post.

Does aging "better" only mean fewer wrinkles? Fewer pounds? Is aging better rated solely on a woman's ability to engender a call-and-response relationship between her face and the Mudedian sex organ?

Or, god forbid, could aging "better" also mean raising great kids, serving the community, helping people learn, telling great jokes, or even baking a damn good pie?

It seems that Mr. Mudede is one part utopian Marxist, one part Graydon Carter picking the next cover of Vanity Fair. An odd combination, to be sure.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 21, 2008 4:59 PM

Jubilation - Ideally, it's all of that. There's only so much time to learn so much about so many. Me personally - I always find a little something pretty in pretty much everybody. But the spark of something (anything from your list, I'll agree) will just happen by itself.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | January 21, 2008 5:15 PM

I don't know what the hell you are talking about with respect to Italy ... but depending on what part of the country you are from ... American women seem very very different.

My two cent broad generalizations ... Women from the Northeast and Southwest (CA) don't necessarily rely on youth to look good and can age just fine. In the Northeast, if they care, age just fine if they take care of themselves. BIG If they care ... well, growing up there, comparatively speaking they don't look AS good. As for girls in the Northwest and Southeast ... they seem to rely to heavily on youth to look good.

I suppose the same could be said about men.

Posted by OR Matt | January 21, 2008 5:21 PM

charles, do you ever shut up?

Posted by crystal conners | January 21, 2008 6:29 PM

Charles, why must you imply so much about me with your exclamations about others?

Posted by un-self-actualized woman | January 21, 2008 7:34 PM

First of all, this is the worst picture of Monica Bellucci ever. And if you don't know why, then I really must question your general judgement of beauty and call you Chuck in these moments. Second, Chuck, you need to be a bit more precise - like Italian actresses. Having lived in Italy for a time, every 5ft woman dressed head to toe in black putting up laundry is no more or less beautiful than an american aged woman. Look, if you want to be a Foucaultian or gramschian or whatever the hell, fine. But these gross generalizations, are just...well kind of beneath you and stupid, katharina blum. Your past"intelligence" has prohibited your "stupid" future. Sorry, mate.

Posted by stone | January 21, 2008 10:01 PM

@16 You're confusing Isabelle Adjani with Monica Bellucci--not that I don't understand the impulse (they have similar facial features, but Adjani is nine years older). That's Bellucci in Shoot 'Em Up (and Charles's fantasies...).

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | January 21, 2008 11:44 PM

The one thing all attractive women, young or old, Italian or American, have in common is this: they find Charles Mudede to be quite the ugly little toad.

Posted by tree | January 22, 2008 1:25 AM

Jubulation @ 22:

It seems that Mr. Mudede is one part utopian Marxist, one part Graydon Carter picking the next cover of Vanity Fair. An odd combination, to be sure.

Charles has it down. One must look good for the revolution, and be able to see the inherent beauty and worth of the sexy people towards our cause of Proletariat struggle and Fashionsta uprising. Speak truth to power Komrade, Prada and Pravda for the people.

Posted by gucci clad marxist | January 22, 2008 4:03 AM

Honey, she's a quilt. If she has any more plastic surgery she's going to be able to blink her lips.

Posted by monkey | January 22, 2008 9:52 AM

Good Black don't crack, honey.

Posted by Rachael F. | January 22, 2008 1:02 PM

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