In today's Times of London, Tad Safran argues that American women are more well-groomed than British women. "When British women get to the age where they have to make an effort," he writes, "they appear unable, or uninterested, in rising to the challenge." Safran, who is American but has lived in England since he was 3, claims that, "UK girls, in my opinion, are the greatest natural beauties in the world... When they're 17 or 18 years old." Safran went away to the United States for college, and upon his return to the UK, he wondered: "What the hell happened to all the beautiful girls I knew? My first assumption was that one half of them had eaten the other half and washed them down with a crate of lager." While American women spend time and money on "obligatory beauty maintenance" — things like haircuts, highlights, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tanning, make-up, facials, teeth whitening etc.; Safran claims that British women do not.
He admits that beauty treatments are "vastly more expensive" in England, but puts the blame on proper English manners:
American women have no qualms about telling their friends, in no uncertain terms, when they look like crap, or have put on weight, or are dressed like a bag-lady. They talk of the top aestheticians with a reverence usually reserved for Nobel laureates and trade cosmetic surgeon business cards the way that boys in playgrounds trade football cards. In Britain, women are too polite to set their friends straight. For some reason, being seen to make an effort with one's appearance is regarded as shameful among British women.
Safran does think, however, that while American women are obsessed with their looks, their social skills are lacking. In the end, he says, "British women are, without a doubt, the best to have a pint and a laugh with" but cautions that a first impression could be "I'll bet she was really hot ten years ago."
So who is this misogynistic, sexist slug known as Tad Safran? "The author is a screenwriter (single) who divides his time between London and Los Angeles," the Times tells us. Single? You don't say! A quick search reveals that Safran was one of nine writers credited with the screenplay for a crappy animated film called Doogal, which IMDB user "stinkyuu" claims "was the all-time boringest movie I have ever seen in my short life." 'Nuff said.
American Beauty? [Times]