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"Very Classy" is Anything But
on January 31, 2012
For an author who claims to understand and promote manners, "Very Classy" is shockingly devoid of them. It is a good clue to the supposed classiness of this book that the premise is based on designating grown women "girls" and "tramps" -- it is even on the title page. It begins with a tiring monologue of blatant self-promotion, peppered with insults, and the rest of the book unfortunately follows suit. The author's apparent association with famous people of poise does nothing to improve his credibility; money and fame have little to do with grace. He mocks women (both "victorian" and "slutty", in his words) with nasty remarks, and includes photos of himself hanging all over ladies of the red carpet that do little to charm or entertain.
Mr. Blasberg repeatedly insists that a woman's way to "classiness," by which he means mannerliness, is through the material and the superficial. The very first sentence of the first chapter emphasizes the importance of the way a woman looks to other people and the importance of fashion rather than character. Any advice actually pertaining to manners are so obvious the reader could pick it up in almost any other etiquette-related text. Preferably one that does not insult under the guise of humor. Classy indeed.
This book is style over substance, the very opposite of mannerly behavior, and a good dose of gentlemanliness on the part of the author would go a long way to save it. Perhaps we should start with concerning ourselves over whether a woman is gracious, rather than teasing out whether or not she is wearing underwear.