The Glow

A few weeks ago my girl and I rented “A Streetcar Named Desire.” For you non-movie buffs, one of the most famous moments in movie history occurs in that film: when Marlon Brando lets out an unforgettable mating call to his wife Stella from the bottom of his animal heart (“Stellllaaaaa!!”). She responds to his passionate, lusty cry and he literally carries her over his shoulder in their bedroom. The next morning, Stella’s sister Blanche (played by Vivian Leigh, Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara) is asking how Stella could be with such a brute like Brando, but Stella is just glowing and purrs about how he was “as gentle as a lamb.”

What got my attention was the glow on Stella’s face. Her look of sexual satisfaction was unmistakable. Her face clearly said, “I got it good last night!” It was actually pretty surprising to see that so obviously portrayed in a 1951 film, back when I thought women weren’t supposed to know what good sex was, you know, before the sexual revolution and all. But clearly they knew damn well and it seems the rest of the world knew too.

The scene got me thinking about the women I have dated. If I say so myself, I have noticed that women I have dated definitely glow brightly when things are hot and heavy. And I don’t mean right after, I mean all the time. One woman, after a few weeks into our relationship, actually started getting asked by her female friends, “What are you doing for your skin?? You are glowing!”

I started to wonder just how universal a phenomenon this glow is? Can one look at a woman and tell if she is getting it good or not just from the presence or absence of a glowing look on her face? So decided to I performed a little informal experiment. For one week, every morning I carefully observed the women I saw on the way to work, both in the street and on the Metro. I would look for women who have The Glow. I figured morning was the best time, because it would be ‘the morning after’, whereas later in the day her mood and face could be more heavily affected by the stress of her job. What I found surprised me:

Number of Women Observed: Hundreds
Number of Women who Glow: 19
Average Number Per Day: 3.8
Number of Women over 30 who Glow: 0
Number of Women who Look Dull, Tense, and Gray: Too many to Count

I’m serious. And people, we’re talking crowded morning commute on the Red Line here, we’re not talking about a stroll down a country lane. What does this data mean?

Hypothesis 1: It could mean the women of Washington, with rare exceptions, are not getting it on the regular, at least on weeknights.

Hypothesis 2: It could mean that the women of Washington are getting it, but the getting ain’t no good.

Hypothesis 3: It could mean the theory that there is a relationship between sexual satisfaction and a glowing look is bullshit. But I like the theory, so I reject this hypothesis.

Assuming there is indeed a relationship between sexual satisfaction and the glow on a woman’s face, does this imply the women of Washington are sexually repressed? Does this imply the men of Washington are lame in bed and can’t satisfy a woman to save their lives? And what’s with women over 30? Not one women who looked to be over 30 appeared anything other than dull and lifeless. Are these married women who long since lost the passion? Or are these spinsters who wait in vain for that perfect man?

Whatever is going on, the women of DC do not look like happy people. I don’t know whether to prescribe these women a good therapist, a good anti-depressant, or a good stud lover. But some type of mass intervention is clearly needed for the benefit of all.

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Weatherman Says
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I think this post is based on a flawed premise, Chaco.

“Streetcar” was penned by gay playwright Tennesee Williams (see his Wikipedia entry) and is probably a disguised take on a gay relationship. Back then, playwrights could not explore gay themes, so they disguised such themes by making the gay “bottom” a female character who “enjoys” the type of “rough trade” favored by some gay guys.

I don’t think Stella — or her glow — are representative of any real human females, at least not ones born genetically female.

Virgle Kent
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I heard women who get peed on right after sex, have an awesome glow? Hmmmmm glow

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Scientists call it the “sex flush”, when the face and upper body are blushed during and after sex. It’s the unconscious reason women apply makeup to their faces. The rouge and blush simulate that sex flush to make them glow and appear sexually receptive and attractive.

Women who are ovulating have hormones that swell their lips and puff their cheeks. Studies have shown that men are surprisingly accurate at picking out which women are ovulating.

Hormones are also released during the early phases of sexual bonding, and hormones do affect the skin. Skin to skin contact and regular sex also releases hormones.

I think the lack of women who are “glowing” on the metro are a combination of factors: Not all are getting sex in the morning. Not all are ovulating, and of those who are ovulating, hormones do decrease with age. Some are not getting sex at all. Some do not like sex.

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It’s called Creme de la Mer. It does wonderssss for the skin. Also, I used to be a big Brando fan, until I found out he molested his daughter. Sick sick sick.

Matt
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Any alleged “glow” that emanates from a sexually satisfied women is quickly dimmed by the tedious commute to an unsatisfying job.

Change your sample population.

The Dude
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you misspelled “lamb”

Roissy
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ha. good post. one reason women, expecially those over 30, look so wretchedly run-down and lifeless, has to do with selection effect. women of DC are hard-driving careerist simulacras of alpha men. this goes against their nature. it also, to their detriment and beyond their control, raises the bar of what they deem acceptable in a mate. but don’t blame them. like men, they are following the prime directive.

btw, you see this same effect in many men who’ve been married a while with kids. the lifeless, listless, vacant gaze in the eyes. the beaten down look that says “but for pulling the trigger i’ve given up on living.”

the male analogue of The Glow is The Aura. but where women with The Glow feel pushed closer to their lover, men with The Aura feel pulled toward acquiring many more lovers. women can practically smell it on me when i’ve gotten some great sex the night before and they show many more signs of sexual interest. The Aura gives me an added power boost to score more notches.

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As long as your woman has that glow, that’s the only thing that matters.

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Many women in DC, especially ones over 30, don?t glow because their live are void of anything that remotely resembles bliss of any kind. They don?t have the ?new relationship glow? nor do they have the ?sexual pleasure glow? because they have completely alienated any and all worthy or worthwhile male companionship. Because she has (in some cases unconsciously) served up nothing but Puppy Chow and Alpo she has attracted nothing but filthy mutts and moguls, and now her mental proclamation is that ?all men are dogs?. As a result, she must now heavily pursuit a career to prove she needs no man, and can ?Do bad all by herself (as she snaps her fingers and rolls her neck, mentally of course:rolleyes:)?. So now they have to deal with the self inflicted pain of being whored out by the merciless and cold-blooded pimp called Vocation. Thus wanting to kill themselves, but because they never had nabs in the first place, they must add that task to the endless list of things in there lives that they will never accomplish. I must admit, it is sad. Very, very sad!:sad:

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Roissy its funny how our comment are so simular when I hadn’t read yours prior to writing my post. I guess that means there is truth there!

GoldenJew
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Not scientific for sure, but very good experiment/observation Chaco. Would be very interesting to see the glow ratio in other environments in DC (the point of the soul sucking metro commute isn’t a bad one), but also other cities.

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Wait – so women who are satisfied look happier than those who don’t? I don’t think I would ever thought that up on my own.

anonymous
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I thought “women” and “satisfied” were mutually exclusive concepts.

LittleT
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GnR: ha ha

Trail Girl
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As a former psych student, I’d prescribe some good lovin’, or a long run in the woods. Sometimes I think the latter is better than sex. (Of course now you’ll probably tell me I’ve never had good sex…. well, I said sometimes.)

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Mary Todd Lincoln liked it rough, and Abe was always willing to give it to her. Ol’ “Rough ‘N Ready” Abe, they called him.

And MTL was considered the most “glowing” lady in all of Washington D.C. He knew what the ladies’ liked.

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“Whatever is going on, the women of DC do not look like happy people. ” Well, no shit. Everyone complains that DC women are unattractive. It’s not their genes, it’s the fact that even when they’re out in the clubs slinging it, they’re still clearly miserable. Ladies, look cheery and guys will want to bang you. Look like a sackful of misery and men will go to the other end of the bar to avoid you.

Phil, “Old Rough and Ready” was Zachary Taylor. Lincoln was known, however, as the “Illinois Rail Splitter”, which, in all due respect to the guy, sounds mighty homosexual.

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My mistake, Jewcano.

And I wholeheartedly disagree. “Illinois Rail Splitter” rhymes with “Tail Splitter” and we all know “split-tail” is a euphemism for ladies – which is where I believe this originated from.

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I agree with Matt. I know when I’m walking around in this weather all I’m thinking about is getting where I’m going. Once I’m settled into a comfortable bar, the drinking brings on a nice glow as well.

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I definitely get that glow when I’m getting it good — since it’s been a while, I’m one of those dull skin women you see on the streets of DC. How sad.

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My experience with “glowing women” is that is usually what the knocked up ones look like before they start to show…