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Skanks, part two!

Sorry for the fluffiness and lateness of this entry, as I’m rather busy at the moment.

I was watching the movie Mulholland Dr. last night, and I was alarmed at my sudden incredibly strong attraction to one Mr. Justin Theroux, whom I immediately wanted to lick from top to bottom.
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So taken was I, that I actually went onto his website. His website. Logging onto a random celebrity’s website is one step away from writing fan fiction about them. I felt dirty, like I was looking up Internet porn for the first time on my parents’ computer.

According to his website, he has filmed a PSA for PETA. I loathe PETA. I’m a pseudo-vegetarian (once full-fledged vegetarian) and I still loathe PETA and their underhanded slick attempts to distort reality to their favor. I think they do a disservice to vegetarians and people who genuinely care about animals.

I’d still do him.

Damn the allure of the skank!

To be fair, maybe he isn’t a skank. I’ve known plenty of reasonable and sane people who didn’t realize what horrible monsters PETA employs. But still. Arg.

Saving me, though, was the sudden realization that I’m only attracted to him because he looks uncannily like a past paramour.


I believe this absolves me from any skank attraction factor.

Okay, something less Teen Beat Magazine tomorrow.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. hmmm… which definition are you using for Paramour? The more common "a women's lover", or the much more intersting, "a woman that cohabits with an important man".

    Either way, the photo of the Justin Theroux makes him look like he is the director of a German fetish film (or some supervillian that is planning a dastardly plot to cover the world in whatever random sludge happens to be in his hair). Honestly… it looks flammable. :D

  2. You shut your mouth about Justin's hair! You only wish you had hair that hipster-cool.

    You gave me reason to actually look up "paramour" in the dictionary, and damned if you're not right.

    n 1: a woman's lover [syn: fancy man] 2: a woman who cohabits with an important man [syn: concubine, courtesan, doxy, odalisque]

    I also like "fancy man." And odalisque, and doxy, for that matter.

  3. I can only jest out of past foolishness. I once donned the uber-metrosexual slickiddy-do hairstyle that way too many urban dwellers now sport. I eventually grew out of it when I awoke from a drunken stupor only to find that my hair ooze had left a permanent stain on my pillowcase… it was raining when I came home and the crap kind of lost its viscosity in the deluge. Now I sport a much more relaxed semi-modern hairstyle. The kind of good-natured American style that pays its taxes on time, works hard, and helps old ladies with their groceries. Yes sir… this is a hairstyle "on the move"!

    I do enjoy doxy, for the obvious vagabond connection; but odalisque is also quite entertaining since one could easily convince others that it is a Moldavian folk instrument. "fancy man"… well… I'll just leave that one be. That one is funny enough on its own. It is even funnier when said in a German accent.

  4. I vote for odalisque – that's always been one of my favorite words. Concubine sounds too old fashioned to me, and has too much negative baggage. Courtesan I kinda like, in a quaint sort of way. Doxy is cool, but brings up images of creatures from the 5th Harry Potter (no relation ;-) ) book. And, well, I ike paramour, as well.

    As for PETA, I share your loathing Rebecca. They remind me of some of the eco-terrorist groups like FOE (Friends of the Earth). Their "caring for animals" places "animal rights" above human rights, and that's something I just can't stomach.

    As to the whole "skank" issue, I still think that harmless fantasies are nothing to get up-in-arms about. It's only when/if one loses themself in such a fantasy, to the exclusion of their "real life", that it could become a problem. I still contend that most rational/critical thinkers would not actually go through with an encounter/relationship with a skank-type partner, since, almost by definition, such a partner does/would not have much to offer on the intellectual front, and that connecting with someone on a rational/intellectual level is ultimately more satisfying than merely physical attributes. That being said, I'm not dismissing physcial attractivenes (although what someone considers "attractive" is an extremely individual and subjective assessment that varies greately from person to person) — I'm just saying that for those that value reason and rationality, there is typically much more to a satisfying encounter than just "good looks".

    Okay – enough rambling for one post ;-)

  5. I agree on the PETA issue. While I am not for wanton desctuction of animals they are nuts. They have Pam Anderson as a spokesperson. That pretty much says it all. (Yes, I'm a guy, but I don't think she is attractive especially with basketballs stuck to her chest and I wouldn't do her.)

    I have a friend who was a strict vegatarian. She went to help her brother in law during lambing season. She came back a omnivore, her change of heart was due to the lack of intelligence in sheep.

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