women find cads like Daniel Cleaver sexy
The embarrassing truth for those who think Bridget is a relic of the gravity of things in the ’90s and’ 90s is that Bridget really, really wants Daniel. Don’t we all love Daniel, if we’re honest about it? And if we’re really being honest, we probably love him because he’s horrible – not despite that.
In an academic study, we would call him the Rupert Campbell-Black phenomenon, named after Jilly Cooper’s generation defying the God of Sex, the vile and sometimes violent hero of the Riders series. The RCB phenomenon observes the inevitable fact that unscrupulous and shady men are irresistible.
It’s a sad truth, but there is nothing more appealing than a floppy-haired ex-public school boy with an Aston Martin and a Malboro sticking out of his mouth, which will drive you very lightly with dinner. expensive, then take you home and do nondescript things. things for you. There’s a reason these guys are the backbone of the books, movies, and TV that women love. See also: James Bond, Christian Gray, Mr Rochester, Don Draper, Edward Cullen and Chuck Bass. Arguably the real reason Helen Fielding deserves all the money she’s made is that she finally managed to make the beautiful, morally strong Darcy almost as sexy as the naughty old Cleaver.
While no one really wants to spend years chasing after some Daniel Cleaver guy who will come home with you for Christmas in pain and then spend midnight mass staring at your sister’s legs, or arriving drunk at your party. work and hit your manager, a lot of us have found ourselves doing just that because unfortunately in real life and on the page cads are sexy. The only real difference is that in fiction these men change often, and in life they do so very rarely.
Dubbing old books and movies as “problematic” is meant to be progress towards a better and more inclusive world, but it often gets lost in the realm of denial of reality. Women loved mean men before Helen Fielding started writing, and will continue to do so long, long after.
With almost nothing immune to the cancellation culture these days, it surely won’t be long before we claim Bridget Jones – it seems perfectly plausible that Bridget will be erased from our TV shows altogether. But Bridget’s cancellation would do absolutely nothing to change the downside that having illicit sex with your morally incontinent boss, played by Hugh Grant, is a fantasy that women all over the world enjoyed, and would, if l The opportunity presented itself (even if they knew what an insanely bad idea that it is) would turn into reality in the blink of an eye.