Because I already know it.
Just kidding. Really what this post is about is whether it is appropriate for strange men to tell a woman she's hot. I am really putting this post up because the comments thread on the last post has veered somewhat off-topic, so I am going to place the comments regarding compliments under this post.
My basic view is that I really don't want to hear your views on whether I am hot or not, unless I know you really well. This is not only a feminist view but a matter of good old-fashioned etiquette. If you don't know me, it's presumptuous of you to comment on my looks. I don't exist as a decorative object for your enjoyment. I exist to go about my business.
NOTE: The first four comments in the thread below were originally posted below the prior post. I have removed them to this post as a means of controlling "thread drift" -- because that's the happy, shiny, friendly kind of blogger I am.