Given my age and supposed intelligence, I really should know better than to care about “sexy lists”, or “beautiful lists” as drawn up by various media outlets.
Surely putting people into order based purely on their “fitness” is the sort of behaviour that belongs in the playground?
But if I were the kind of person who could rise above such tittle tattle then I would struggle to fill this column each week and would probably be working as a human rights lawyer instead of telling you what this season’s must-have shoe shape is (it’s block heels by the way, the uglier the better).
This week saw the publication of one of the most famous fit lists of them all: FHM’s Sexiest 100.
And sitting pretty at the top of the magazine’s chart is Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.
As I have previously revealed in this column, my love for J-Law knows no bounds so to have the 23-year-old win (if win is the right word) makes me very happy indeed.
I could say that the victory of a super-talented actress who had the guts to poke fun at her bingo wings on the Oscars red carpet over the pneumatic, clothes-shedding, vacuous blondes that usually dominate this magazine is ground-breaking, but Tulisa once topped it too, so perhaps we shouldn’t put too much stock in it.
Just behind J-Law was Corrie’s MIchelle Keegan, followed by the walking sexbomb that is Rihanna – quelle surprise.
Last year’s winner Mila Kunis, Big Bang actress Kaley Cuoco, Nicole Scherzinger, a couple of reality stars, a model and the all-powerful Beyonce round out the rest of the top 10.
But it is further down the numbers that more interesting things are going on.
Good Morning Britain star Susanna Reid may be getting a kicking from TV critics but it seems the 43-year-old has the backing of British blokes. She’s jumped 66 places from last year to sit at 30.
It’s all about the legs apparently – a lesson TV chiefs learned the hard way this week when they foolishly sat her behind a desk for the new show.
And look who’s zoomed on in there at number 21... it’s only Nigella Lawson, left. It’s a first time on the list for the celebrity chef and, at 54, she is the oldest woman included.
After the tumultuous year Nigella has suffered – divorce, court case, drugs allegations – I can’t decide whether this is a positive turn of events or not.
According to FHM editor Dan Jude, there are more women over the age of 35 on the lads’ mag list this year than ever before. He says: “It seems the men of Britain like their ladies with a certain vintage.”
Then again they might just want someone who not only looks hot but can knock up a mean roast dinner...
JUST last week I told you on these pages that pink is the new black with the colour on clothing in stores the length and breadth of the country.
Now we are being warned by parenting experts that making little girls wear pink could damage their future prospects by forcing them to conform to gender stereotypes.
Tell that to pink-wearing powerhouses Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, while I seem to remember Margaret Thatcher was not averse to the odd blush suit.
To coin a phrase, real women wear pink. We also have careers.