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Commenter and blogger Redacted had this to say from yesterday’s post:
Somewhat off topic, but never, ever neg someone with a reference to their weight. Not even a 10. A buddy of mine got kicked out of a club for saying, “Hey, haven’t you put on a pound or two,” to one of the hired guns.
I don’t disagree with this if we’re talking about women only. (Men can handle jabs about their spare tires.) Women are so incredibly sensitive to criticism of their weight (and for good sociobiological reason) that there aren’t too many scenarios in which you could manipulate their body image issues to your benefit without it blowing up in your face like an overstuffed burrito.
Sure, if a girl punches you in the nads, call her fat. If your estranged wife is cackling across the divorce lawyer’s mahogany table, casually mention she’s a shambling mound. If your sister ratted you out — she’s fair game.
But the most rewarding time to drop a fatty insult on a girl is with an ex. If you ever bump into an ex-girlfriend who had the gall to stop having sex with you, you can hit her with the fatty two by four. (Be sure to use subtlety when you swing the low blow. In-your-face won’t get under the skin as deeply.) I did exactly this with a Russian ex of mine.
Her: [looking skinny and spectacular] Hi, nice to see you!
Me: [looking momentarily stunned] Oh hey, hi.
Her: Wow, so how are you?
Me: Good. [scheming…] You look nice. Did you put on a little weight? It looks good on you.
Her: [jaw on floor] Um, noo… OK, well, I’ve got to go.
Was it petty? Yes. Did I have a smile on my face afterwards? Yes. Did I get hand? YES.