Do you think Australian singer Delta Goodrem is pretty?

I must, must, must divorce my answer from my annoyance at her mush piano pop, her ersatz diva stylings on The Voice Australia, and my disconnection from What The Young People Are Listening To.

I must also recognise the arbitrariness of any such aesthetic survey, with such strong cultural and individual determinants in any such answer.

In that light, all I can say is, first, an individual reaction, and second, a cultural critique;

  1. Individual: Not really into blondes, man.
  2. Cultural: Yes, she embodies a certain Aryan Aussie prototype. Like a more winsome, feminine Chesty Bond.

(For a masculine chiseled counterpart to this archetype, see: Chris “Bondi Vet” Brown)

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