Saturday, February 19, 2011
What's Wrong With American Women
My favorite lines:
It was less like a romantic encounter than an extremely tough job interview. By the time the cheque arrived I was surprised they hadn't asked for a urine sample.Reminds me of why a Canadian group performed this song.
When American women complain that there's a shortage of eligible men--and Leah McLaren is no exception--what they mean is there's a shortage of tall, unattached, rich men who still have their own hair.
No man is held to possess any intrinsic value--we're all just the sum of our assets.
Perhaps the biggest difference between English and North American women is that English women just seem to laugh a lot more. Wherever I look in London, I see women throwing their heads back and roaring with laughter; it's like some wonderful, Hogarthian pageant. In New York, by contrast, the women always looked anxious and uptight, their spirits as undernourished as their bodies.
I believe the women described in the article to be a minority, although not a small minority. I'm sure in New York, where the author experienced American women, the women he describes are more common. In the heartland you'll find more normality.
What's interesting is, at TMink points out, the hesitance to criticize women at all in America. In writing this post, I wonder, with some fear, if I'll be labeled some sort of "pig" by simply posting this and linking to the article. Not that it matters much. I've pretty much sworn off women anyway. It's a shame that our society has come to the point where books, articles, and TV shows routinely shame and criticize men but doing the same to women is taboo.
Off topic but I wonder what you think about the high school wrestler who defaulted on a match rather than wrestle a girl.
Rather than face girl, wrestler defaults
I heard about this on the radio. Some states have girls wrestling. I wonder how in many sports boys and girls compete directly against each other. I can't think of any in Kentucky, Tennessee or Ohio except some girls playing football. The three states where I've lived.
Twin girls shared placekicking chores on my son's hs football team for a couple of years. I know of a (big) girl that played offensive line for a high school in Ohio. In football, after you've put on all the equipment, it's hard to tell what gender you are.
When my son was younger 2 or 3 girls played and weren't bad. But, once they hit 7th or 8th grade and the boys really start growing, playing would be suicidal for 99.9% of girls. There's not a single girl in my son's high school who could play with out great risk of serious injury.
Wrestling is extremely popular in Iowa. It seems they could start a girls league.
I feel bad for the kid, getting flack for his decision.
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