Historian and author Stephanie Coontz was on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) to promote her book 'A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.' However, what Stephen Colbert really wanted to know about, is a more modern day "mystique" that Coontz had also researched.
"You call something 'the hottie mystique'," Colbert said.
His guest began, "Well, I think there are couple of mystiques that have replaced the feminine mystique, we no longer ... "
"I'm specifically interested in the hottie mystique," Colbert interrupted. "There's something about that that just grabs me."
So Coontz explained the hottie mystique," which is an observation that in modern society women are encouraged to take on traditional male roles, but only "as long [they] are gorgeous every step of the way and display [their] sexuality" while doing so.
"What's the problem?" Colbert said of the hottie mystique. "You're all dolled up tonight, you look fantastic."
"Well, I'm old enough to be flattered by that, and not to have my head turned by it," said the 66-year-old.