on for more
are the ploys gauche university activists would use in our salad days when
we wanted our fellow callow youth to pay attention to causes other than
campus parties - be it a pro-choice or anti-apartheid rally.
four weeks, prior to my 12 sexy men column, I wrote a total of 4,000 words
about the exploitation of 80 per cent of our work force, on the systematic
creation of an underclass by our employers and the implications of the new
Minimum Wage Bill. My e-mail nearly died of a famine. (And then they say
we journalists making joke, don’t do our homework, don’t write about
things that matter).
write about sexy men and get an avalanche. But I don’t want us to be too
hard on ourselves.
Evita Peron, sex “takes us away from the squalor of the real world.”
who doesn’t want a bit of escape and sex is that - ask the poor in India
(for that matter, anywhere in the world) who unfortunately can’t seem to
unhinge it from multiplying like rabbits and creating widening quagmires
wrote to set the record straight:
and enjoyed your sexy men piece, although I’m not sure how I feel about
being clipped by a celibate. Ha! Ha!
I did was send out the Express editors’ shortlist to everyone in my
address book with the names of about 15 or 20 women on it asking whether
there was anyone the recipient felt strongly ought to be taken off or
added onto the list.
Lee Kelshall and you both came off the list on that basis. Nobody was
asked to rank anyone from one to 10.
the Express, didn’t even do that ourselves, though we did rank the
reader responses. I wrote the opening and closing essays, but it’s not
had enough flak over who was left off and left on without people thinking
that a few of my friends ranked the women.
it wasn’t BC’s list, ok?”
teacher wrote in:
compared the top 12 list to the criteria on which they were based, and I
have seen inconsistencies. I support your No.1 on the list, Mr Basdeo
Panday. Oma is indeed a lucky woman. But Fr Harvey? No way!
Yorke is not a quick-witted humanist with largesse - neither is Machel
Harvey, on the other hand, is good looking, well-read, polished, travelled,
etc, but it is hard to classify him as ‘sexy’.
my opinion, here are some names which should be on that list: Carlos John,
Roodal Moonilal, Hansley Ajodha, Brian Lara.”
answer to that is not every man had to fit every criteria. The law of
instance, if a man scored top points for being very sexy, then it didn’t
matter as much as if he was not particularly bright.
John and Brian Lara were on our shortlist, but may have not made it due to
the perceived vanity factor.
reader said my list sucked because I had a penchant for powerful men.
What’s wrong with that?
men tend to be driven and bright, take big gambles and live like there’s
no tomorrow. And because they are successful, they tend not be insecure
bullies who need to put down women to feel macho.
don’t preclude the appeal of unassuming bright men, either. No apologies
was told off by one reader for not including Brian Kuei Tung and Theodore
Guerra as sexy men. The former was an oversight.
watched Kuei Tung in a TTT interview with journalists after he delivered
his last budget and he was enthralling: fencing skillfully with words,
laughter bubbling beneath the surface, delighting in this exercise where
he got them every time.
handsome, larger than life Teddy Guerra, who has a fairytale knack of
making women feel cherished, was not included because as I said
previously, we had a surfeit of older men.
reader wrote: “You forgot to include your fellow columnist, Dr Kirk
Meighoo. Have you ever met him? A real charmer. I think it’s a
mixture of the Jamaican accent (odd in an East Indian in Trinidad) and his
but this is about discovery, so thank you for unearthing a gem. Women
wrote gasping over a Dr Kuruvilla (a gynaecologist) whom I have never met,
and others asked if I had ever felt the crackling smoothness of an oilman
named Keith Subero or did I think Dik Henderson had a sexy voice?
men wondered why they weren’t on the list. (As they say in the Miss
Universe contests, “you’re all winners - and it’s a hard job doing
never fail to marvel at the plethora of men on offer in our tiny islands
in the New World - all flowers (OK, OK, tree trunks) uprooted and cross-fertilised
from many continents in multifarious permutations of shades, shapes, sizes
women, I discovered during this exercise, find responsible men, kind men,
compelling, sexy, because as we all know, a good man is hard to find.
Nice, too. Sometimes to be the one doing the eyeing up.
week: Why the sexy women list was scrapped.