Redefining What’s Attractive With Pam Houston As Our Guide

My Integrated Outdoor Program students and I were reading Pam Houston’s A Little More About Me, focusing on the essays “The Morality of Fat,” “Out of Habit I Start Apologizing,” “In Pursuit Of What I Don’t Do Well,” and “Redefining Success.”

We talked about how the media wants us to be attracted to people because of physical attributes, but wouldn’t it be excellent if we redefined attractiveness based on skills (beyond the skill of balancing a champagne glass on a certain backside)?

I asked them to list attractive skills (loosely defined), and this is the list they came up with:



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