Monday, February 25, 2008


Recently I received an email, inducing two thoughts.

Firstly that it was mildly amusing and well designed, well crafted.

Secondly that it shamelessly expressed a misandristic assumption uncritically common to our zeitgest. Namely, that it is unarguably obvious, unconquerably true that, well, women are superior to men.

I should say that in the original diagram all the little blue balls were moving around frenetically. Blogger is limited, as is known.

Ever wondered how a woman's brain works? It's finally explained here in one, easy-to-understand illustration:

Every one of those little blue balls is a thought about something that needs to be done, a decision or a problem that needs to be solved. A man, of course, has only 2 balls and they take up all his thoughts.

Obviously this is not sexism, obviously.

Obviously this is not insulting and degrading to men, obviously.

After all, men deserve a bit, or is it a lot, of payback and vengeance. That is so obvious.

But what is less clear is whether the presumably female motivation (?) behind this kind of slur against men, a slur it seems permeating the subsoil of today's cultural discourse, is merely rooted in a sense of grievance that women, rightly and wrongly, feel about their gender’s treatment by men over the millenia; or whether some women, or many, or all women actually believe in all sincerity that men, all men, including me therefore, are only driven by such a testicular monomaniacal fury..

Do women truly believe that women are that much more complex and useful-as-beings in the way the illustration suggests, or do they but ruse?

Do they joke, is this merely a reactive outworking of vengeance, an attempt to balance the scales, or are they being serious?

I am supposing and hoping the former, but sometimes
one never knows.

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