Courtesy: Tex Avery Cartoons

Jack Lutz – View from the West: Confession Time

I went to the store and picked up a copy of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition today. Now, I haven’t done something like that since – gosh – I musta been 11 and my interest in girls was just blossoming.

I remember the girls being athletic, slim, sleek and sultry. Needless to say I spent many years growing up thinking that was the only thing that I found attractive: being athletic, slim, sleek and sultry.

I got word that S.I. was putting their first “full figured” woman on their cover. I was eager to say the least, to see who they chose, and then I saw her.

ashlieAshley Graham. Holy &^%$!

You remember the cartoon where the wolf is in the nightclub checking out that girl and he’s howling at her too? Jim Carrey spoofed it a little in “The Mask,” where his jaw also hit the table and his tongue then flopped out.

Yeah, that was me. Full on “gaga” “humina humina humina!”

Somewhere along the line, my preference changed on what I find attractive. I’ve stated this before, I find the entire female spectrum attractive.  Big, tall, small, white, black, hispanic, green, blue, athletic, full figured, all of it.

Yet I hate how this country and the majority of the world define what attractive is in a woman and how females at a young age are subjected to the idea of what attractive is through television, fashion, commercials, film and now social media.

How often do we log onto Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and see social media stars set the pop culture and “Average Joe” bar for what we as a culture believe what attractive is?

Near anorexic bodies are shown on magazine covers everywhere you go, as the model tells you what their “diet” is. What diet? I had no idea sticking two fingers down your throat so you can throw up the celery stalk and half slice of potato constitutes as a diet.

It’s complete bull&^%$.

I’m all for changing yourself to better your outlook on life if it comes to health, but let me tell you, nothing and Isi-ronda-rousey-600x800 mean NOTHING is more attractive than a woman comfortable in her own skin.

There’s a saying, “walking the walk.” Well that’s a big one, at least for me. If you have a certain walk, I don’t care what you look like, I’m putty in your hands.

Don’t ever let outside influences determine what is hot and what is not. Because – in the end – how you walk, how you talk, how you think and how your attitude pours out will make all the difference.

Not just so others will find you attractive – no – so that you will find YOURSELF attractive and when that happens, people will gravitate to YOU.

I promise.

Alright I’m done, now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta take a gander at Ashley Graham.

I swear I haven’t felt like this since I was a teenager.