Handsome women, beautiful men...

I’m always admiring my honey’s beauty. He’s Japanese (an ethnic group I NEVER found attractive until I met him. Now suddenly I find myself checking out Asian guys all the time.), very thin but beautifully formed, with broad shoulders. He has the most gorgeous bone structure and the prettiest mouth I’ve ever seen on a man. His built somewhat delicately, so I think of him as beautiful. He’s always correcting me and saying he’s handsome, to which I reply: “No, you’re not. You’re beautiful.”

I think words to describe various amounts pf pulchritude are very specific in meaning, and should be embraced as such.

For instance, my mother was not pretty or beautiful. She was certainly handsome, though. A good example of a famoous handsome woman… Tallulah Bankhead. Colleen Dewhurst. There’s an element of handosmeness that is creeping into Jessica Lange’s beauty as she ages. Hmmm…Can’t think of any modern actresses. Wait…Susan Sarandon. Grace Jones. Barbra Streisand.

Beautiful women: Michelle Pfeiffer, Liz Taylor (in her day, though she still looks pretty fabulous.) Katherine Hepburn (ditto). Audrey Hepburn. Angelina Jolie. Jessica Lange.

Pretty women: Julia Roberts (uber-pretty) Winona Ryder. Cindy Crawford. Tyra Banks. Whitney Huston. Halle Berry. Sarah McLachlan.

Cute women: Meg Ryan. Goldie Hawn. Shirley Manson. The chick from No Doubt. Drew Barrymore. Jewel. Parker Posey.

Attractive women (appealing in an otherwise indescribable way) Tori Amos. Lili Taylor. Most high fashion models (who are rarely stunning beauties. They just have That Look.) Cate Blanchett. Gwyneth Paltrow. Sigourney Weaver.

Handsome men: Tom Selleck - not my type, but uber-handsome. Paul Newman. Clark Gable. Rock Hudson.

Beautiful men: Brad Pitt. Daniel Day Lewis.

Pretty men: Ethan Hawke. Johnny Depp. Leo DiCaprio. Robert Redford.

Attractive men: Harrison Ford. Jeff Bridges. Liam Neeson. (this is the kinda guy that really slays me, personally. The not-classical but still devastating.)

And what do y’all think? Do I have it right? I really believ it isn’t accurate to simply call any attractive man handsome and any attractive woman beautiful. It doesn’t really work.

He who laughs last thinks slowest.

I’m with ya, Stoid. I have always said this. Most people give me strange looks when I call a woman handsome. But you left out my favorite–Lovely. I love Lovely Women. Renee Zelwegger (sp?), Domonique Swain, I think Parker Posey belongs in this catagory, Natalie Portman (as well as gorgeous), and a few others I will remember as soon as I submit this.

My boyfriend is cute. He’s really, really cute. Awwww… he just kissed me for that.

I agree…some men are beautiful, and some women are handsome. I think Brad Pitt is very pretty. I think Katharine Hepburn is very handsome…a handsome that I can only hope to obtain someday.

I agree with your categories although I’d move a few entries. I’d call Halle Berry beautiful, Tori Amos cute, Katherine Hepburn handsome, Angelina Jolie pretty, and Grace Jones attractive (although in her case I think interesting or even striking might be more appropriate).

And here’s five more.
Handsome: Meryl Streep
Beautiful: Anne Heche
Pretty: Madonna
Cute: Jenna Elfman
Attractive: Rosanna Arquette

I’m with you, Stoid. And Mike, you’re right:
Merryl Streep is handsome. VERY.

BTW, ladies? What is Nicolas Cage? I find him attractive in a hard-to-define way.


Madonna pretty? Nah…I’d have to battle you on that one. I think Madonna is an absolutely fabulous looking woman, but I would clal her just about anything other than cute or pretty. Striking, lovely, handsome, attractive…hey, Madonna’s just bitchen.

And Jenna Elfman is nuthin. MAYBE attractive. Mostly she’s a Scientologist, which makes her ugly to me.

Although…Nicole Kidman is pretty, and Tom Cruise is handsome (In a creepy, toothy kinda way.)

How do we describe people we love to look at/watch, even though they are beyond plain and maybe right over the line into ugly?

I’m thinking specifically of Linda Hunt, whom I would gladly watch reading a pizza menu. She rocks my world.

Too often, we lose sight of life’s simple pleasures…Remember, when
annoys you, it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown BUT it only takes 4
muscles to extend your arm and SMACK the person right upside the head.

Satan sez: There is beauty in all of us…

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Do you think it’s because the person we’re looking at may have some features that we typically would attribute to the other sex? I mean, Stoi, your boyfriend has beautiful bone structure, something most people connect with a beautiful woman. Or maybe it’s like a woman who has a more manly (bad word) type of attractiveness - more attractive, non-gender specific features. Bah…I know what I’m trying to say, just not saying it very well!

Stoidela: How about “striking?” Like Marlene Dietrich, David Schwimmer, Judy Tenuta, Robert Redford (post-sun damage). Not classically good-looking, but, well, striking.

Kinda like me, I might add. “I ain’t no oil paintin’, but I’m one fascinatin’ monster” (thanks to Mae West, who was also “striking”).

Under the title of Pretty Men it’s scary:Rupert Everett.
Real Men: Antonio Banderas
My husband
Bruce Willis (After Die Hard, before Armageddon)

Antonio Banderas belongs in a special category: Pure Sex. Oh MAN… my panties just get all damp.

I’m sorry, but to me, Antonio Banderes looks like Jo-Jo the Mule-Faced Boy. He may be a perfectly delightful person, but I just don’t get his appeal. Ditto, Leonardo DiCaprio, who looks like Hello, Kitty.

Have you seen Desperado? (I think that’s what it is called). It’s total eye candy!

The ultimate eye candy movie, though is Last of the Mohicans. Something for everyone… Madeline Stowe is just gorgeous…one wonders why she’s never really made it big. And Daniel Day Lewis slays me.

I’d only seen him in My Left Foot, and while I could tell he was good-looking, when he got up at the Oscars and strode to the stage in that marvelous outfit with the long coat, I jsut about peed myself.

I am #1. Everyone else is #2 or lower.