So last year, Maxim named Sarah Jessica Parker the unsexiest woman alive. Recently, SJP responded to the unfortunate accolade, saying "It's so brutal in a way, so filled with rage and anger. It upset him [Matthew], because it has to do with his judgment too...Am I really the unsexiest women in the world? Wow! It's kind of shocking...It's condemnation, it's insane." Today, Guardian columnist Ariel Leve wonders why Parker let it bother her in the first place. "What makes no sense," Leve writes, "is how someone like Sarah Jessica Parker - such a sensible person - could take this Maxim list to heart? Why would she expect to fit the ideals of its audience?"
But more unsettling to Leve was that Parker brought husband Matthew Broderick into the morass when she said "It has to do with his judgment too." "This I don't understand," notes Leve. "Was he always secure in his judgment about her until the Maxim magazine list came along and suddenly forced him to reconsider everything? Did this list really have that kind of impact?"
And the answer is: It damn well shouldn't have an impact on how Matthew feels about his wife! Your longterm significant other sure as hell better love you for something other than your looks, or he's going to be really disappointed when you (gasp!) get older. And here's the other thing us regular ladies should take away from Maxim's list: even if you're Angelina Jolie, not every man (or woman, for the Lezebels) is going to think you're attractive. Haha, my shrink told me that once after I was upset that some dude didn't like me. But it's good advice! Because every man should not have to find you attractive in order for you to feel good about yourself! Of course, being publicly denigrated stings for any woman, but as Leve puts it, "As Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker inhabits a world where women are in charge, they live free and interesting lives and are asked out by men every day. I can see why none of this would appeal to readers of Maxim, who are probably quite controlling over the few women they manage to attract." In short: Fuck the haters.