Maria Shriver is now the first lady of California, but back in the 1980s she read the morning news on television. I sat there and ate my Corn Flakes and looked at her. I barely heard a word she said: I was too taken away by her beauty. What a jaw!
I was not the only one who felt that way. So did Arnold Schwarzenegger: he married her.
But not everyone does. J Richards of majorityrights.com for one. Richards says Maria Shriver’s jaw has a “beastly appearance”, that it is “remarkably primitive” and outside the “aesthetic range”. It is the sort of jaw more commonly found in black women. In fact, it is more like the jaw of an animal than the jaw of a white woman.
But wait – there is more.
Richards has a whole theory about jaws to prove that whites and Ainus are superior.
Square jaws and high cheekbones are common in African and Asian women but not in Ainu and white women: they mostly have low cheekbones and a weak jaw – what Richards calls “gracile”. They have much smaller jaws and teeth – compared to their body size – than do women elsewhere.
Why is that? Richards says it is because they ate cooked food long before anyone else. So long, in fact, that their jaws and teeth started to change. Eating cooked food does not require a strong jaw with large teeth.
And why did whites and Ainus eat cooked food long before anyone else? Because they have more intelligence than the rest of mankind. Richards overlooks the fact that both whites and Ainus live in the far north where fire is far more important and therefore its uses would be developed far sooner.
Richards’s argument assumes that his own ideas of female beauty are universal. It is not just white men that like sunken cheekbones and weak jaws in women – Richards says everyone does.
He says that it is the strong jaw in black women that makes them look so much like men and therefore less desirable than white women. That shows you how universal he thinks his ideas of female beauty are. Black men, it seems, are stuck with black women, but secretly they all want to marry white women.
But I know at first hand that his ideas of beauty are not universal: I, for one, love women with high cheekbones. Maria Shriver’s jaw was not beastly to me, but beautiful. And for Arnold Schwarzenegger too, who could have had any woman he wanted.
But if men can find women with high cheekbones beautiful, as I know I do, then women will continue to have high cheekbones long after they are no longer necessary for eating uncooked food. But if that is true, then Richards’s argument falls apart.
So perhaps whites and Ainus are not the master race after all.