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February 11 2013

Morena Baccarin named one of AskMen's "Top 99 Woman" of 2013 along with Cobie Smulders (no. 64), Scarlet Johansson (no. 45), and Christina Hendricks (no. 14).

I have been wondering for a while - are these threads really front-page worthy? Or indeed any page worthy? What are we enforcing here by reposting this content?
I have been wondering for a while - are these threads really front-page worthy? Or indeed any page worthy? What are we enforcing here by reposting this content?

The all too human trait of Fandom & Funnery - it can do wonders for the (real)work-addled brain.
They couldn't find another one and make it 100?
I have been wondering for a while - are these threads really front-page worthy? Or indeed any page worthy? What are we enforcing here by reposting this content?

Me too. Lists based on what men think of women's looks (and vice versa) don't tell us anything about them as people. It's objectifying. Not my call, I know, just my two cents.
For what it's worth, I had the exact same thought when I saw this yesterday. These sort of "Women We Think Are Hot" lists are annoying. But then I remembered that I've probably posted plenty of "Men We Think Are Hot" lists over the years and decided not to say anything.
Part of what sites like this are about is the visibility as public celebrities of people from the properties we follow, and this is part of that. Whether it really *should be* part of it is another question which we currently answer in the affirmative, but it's a good point.
Polls and contests like this do perpetrate some undesirable mentalities but I have to wonder sometimes if long-term popularity with foundations isn't built from things like this at the start. Not quite "slinging burgers at McDonald's" but more dog and pony show to get people to check things out for the scenery and stay for the brilliant writing or plotlines.
To look at it from another angle, Joss doesn't tend to cast people who are not attractive, so our favorites tend to end up on these lists.
I think lists like these are more an indication of an actor's exposure than just their attractiveness. And I'm always interested to see which Whedonverse actors are getting the attention they deserve, even if the attention is expressed in slightly unsavory ways.

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