Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Babe Theory of Political Movements

I know this is rather sexist so you'll have to excuse me. However, I found it quite funny. According to, revolutions have more chance of being peaceful and successful depending on how many pretty girls are involved. The argument goes as follows:

The babe theory of political movements essentially holds that:

Where and when there are hot babes, an exponential number of men will show up. If 100 cute girls with voluptuous bodies are protesting for freedom, you can count on a thousand men being there as well.

If sexy babes are involved in a peaceful political movement, it has a far greater chance of succeeding. If there are no good-looking women involved, the odds of a successful (and peaceful) movement fall dramatically.

Where and when alluring women are excluded from demonstrations, you can expect greater chances of strife, rioting, and failure.

On this basis, there will be no peaceful revolution in Armenia or Azerbaijan anytime soon. It's not there aren't any babes in either countries. There are lots but so far, they're obviously too sensible to want to get involved in the dirty politics of the South Caucasus.

An alternate view of the Babe Theory holds that attractive women are drawn more to successful political movements than to fringe movements. In other words, if the ideas behind a political movement has value, if the fight has a noble purpose, if it has worth, it will attract lovely young ladies, who then become the face of the movement. Women (babes), then, are discerning consumers of political movements, and when there is a worthwhile one, they buy into it whole-heartedly. Under this view of the Babe Theory, sexy women just happen to be found at successful demonstrations; the sexy women are not actually responsible for the success of the movement, babes at political rallies are but a symptom of success, an effective heuristic for prognosticating, an augury of what is to come.
The full theory can be read online here.

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