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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Christopher’s Classic Tastes

posted by on July 18 at 14:21 PM

Regarding Frizzelle’s post about the under-appreciated beauty of men’s calves: You’re living in the wrong century, Christopher. I ran across this in Eleanor Herman’s Sex With Queens, my current beach reading:

When the German princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha found herself not queen of England, as she had imagined, but the widowed Princess of Wales, she lived a retired life at Kew Palace with her eight children. Family friend and advisor John Stuart, marquess of Bute, was in almost constant attendance, often in locked rooms with the princess dowager. A handsome man known for his shapely calves in white silk stockings—that benchmark of eighteenth-century male beauty—Lord Bute seemed to conduct his love affair openly, coming and going from Kew as he pleased.

And before anyone makes fun of my beach reading, please note that Eleanor Herman’s last book—Sex With Kings—was a New York Times Bestseller, and that’s pure class, that is. And I challenge anyone to read Herman’s absolutely heartbreaking chapter about Marie Antoinette without stifling a sob or two.

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I get a whole different mental image when I read the title "Sex with Queens". *shrug*

It sounds like good reading though. :)

Posted by Phelix | July 18, 2007 2:59 PM

I love the glory days of men's stockings. It doesn't strike most men as very masculine, but a man who's confident enough to show off his strong, shapely, manly legs like that (and wear something short enough to taunt us with the rest of the goods) is super sexy.

Posted by Gloria | July 18, 2007 3:12 PM

Challenge accepted.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | July 18, 2007 3:33 PM

Dan, you are the cutest thing ever.

Posted by Original Monique | July 18, 2007 3:39 PM

You're sounding a little bit like arch-conservative Edmund Burke:

"0h, what a revolution! and what a heart must I have, to contemplate without emotion that elevation and that fall!"

Posted by kinaidos | July 18, 2007 3:56 PM

Christopher might also be interested in a running plot in the second season of Entourage having to do with Drama's insecurity about his calves and his continual ogling of other guy's legs, speculating whether or not they have implants. It's ambiguously gay-a-riffic.

Posted by Eric F | July 18, 2007 4:54 PM

So, high socks at Safeco?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 18, 2007 5:06 PM

@1 Seconded.

Posted by Gitai | July 18, 2007 6:24 PM

Totally agree with Christopher. A guy with great calves is freakin' HOT. The photos he posted were drool-inducing.

If only the Renaissance look was in nowadays. Somebody needs to bring it back. Well, maybe not the wigs and syph. and everything. Sigh...

Posted by Thom | July 18, 2007 6:43 PM

Every century is the right century for calves. This is a known fact.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 18, 2007 9:24 PM

On the other hand...

From the wikipedia article about the guy:

"...following the death of the Prince Frederick, Bute became close to his widow, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, the Dowager Princess of Wales. It was rumoured that the couple were having an affair, and indeed soon after John Horne (an associate of the Prince of Wales) published a scandalous pamphlet alluding to a liaison between Bute and the Princess. Rumours of this affair were almost certainly untrue, as Bute was by all indications happily married, and he held sincere religious beliefs against adultery"

Posted by Patrick | July 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Lol, I am reading that book right now. Calves are hot, especially when the guy is in a kilt. Yum, men in kilts...

Posted by Emily | July 19, 2007 10:05 AM

Glad you are reading my book. Men's fashions have declined so. I wish we could bring back the white silk stockings and ogle their calves. Regarding Lord Bute, history has proven that sometimes the same people who are ranting against adultery are, um, committing adultery. Look at our politicians.

Posted by EleanorHerman | July 20, 2007 7:03 AM

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