What men want: a tall woman with dementia
Carrie Dunn // 6 May 2008
I don’t even know where to begin with this piece from the Metro, purportedly in the ‘Science and Discovery’ section. It’s reporting on new research indicating that tall women are less likely to develop dementia, with every extra inch of leg above the average cutting the chances of developing the condition by 16%. And how do the Metro begin this important little snippet?
“The male ideal of finding a leggy lovely with no brain just became even more of a dream.”
I am so offended on so many levels – for men in general, for women in general, and for the flippant treatment of dementia (“no brain” indeed). I suspect that whoever wrote the article has never had to watch someone they love die in horrifically long stages from dementia. I have. And incidentally I’m running the Bupa London 10k at the end of the month to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society (click here to find out more and to donate). Presumably someone at the Metro has a GoogleAlert set up to see what the interweb is saying about them. I look forward to the Alzheimer’s Society getting a hefty donation from Associated Newspapers, but somehow fear I’ll be disappointed.