The Weaker Sex – The Atlantic
To-day is International Women’s Day!
Here is an article you may enjoy from The Atlantic Monthly last year.
Well, that’s forty minutes of my life that I’m never going to get back.
I could comment here, but I find that much of what I might say has already been said for me by commenters on the Atlantic’s site:
In an alternate universe, this could have been an interesting piece about the way that shifting gender roles and mismatched expectations make 21st century heterosexual relationships difficult to navigate. Instead, we get straw-feminist caricatures sipping chardonnay and complaining about the number of carbs in risotto. One does not get the idea that marriage is a failing institution because of social trends. One gets the idea that these women are incapable of sustaining a lasting relationship with another complex human being because there isn’t enough air in the room for anything but their egos.”
Men–young men, men who would like to be in a relationship with a woman–would do well to read this article carefully. Not for enjoyment of the narcissistic drivel, but to recognize a type all too prevalent, especially on our coasts.
This sort of woman, and her Whole Foods/hot tub friends will destroy your life and emotional health if you get near her. Her most fleeting whim is more important than anything in your life. There is no partnership. You exist only–only–for what you can do for her. After you have been utterly emasculated, you will be tossed aside. The minute she finds a better alternative, you’re gone. God help you if you invested your money and yourself in trying to build a life with her.”
My first warning was “Annette is a working warrioress, a high-level administrator who makes mid–six figures at a major foundation.” How on earth do you even start an article about the state of men/women relationships with a woman earning some normative salary of $300-600,000 for working in a non-profit world??
Isn’t this a story then about the 5-10% of women in the 1% world who are the major earners? Are we to learn something from a fictional illustration of the life of some .1% of all women?”
That last issue, the class angle, being perhaps the most essential and the most rage-inducing. But what do Sandra and Co. care? The hot tub is waitng . . . full of salty, bitter tears, lol.
A textbook instance of an often-observed fact: in the Web 2.0 World, successful “opinion journalism” frequently amounts to little more than saying the most obnoxiously stupid thing possible and then letting the commenters storm in to provide the real content. It’s shameless and disgraceful, but look, it generates traffic!
There’s lots to be said about improving the condition of women in various parts of the world, and lots more to be said about the disastrous state of marital relations here in the west, but you ain’t hear it from Sandra Ding-a-Ling and the DPMs of the Atlantic.
I agree with you! I took this as satire, like reading Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. If marriage is in difficulty as an institution, it is not the fault of those who want gay marriages, but that of the ridiculous women who give so little and want so much! Look at the TV sitcoms about “real” housewives, or any of the bridal-themed “reality” shows.
Well, maybe, Motley D. On the other hand, if it’s irony, it’s irony of the cheapest kind, and unredeemed by any hints of insight pointing past the surface of suffocating narcissism to an understanding of the real-world problems that lie below. Really, it’s all surface as far as I can see, chokingly thick, but surface still, right down to the bottom.
The Atlantic should be ashamed of itself for publishing such drivel. LOL, the smug complacency of the increasingly irrelevant “print” media. YouTube kicks its ass.
Update, lol: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/03/201331116423560886.html
Which naturally raises the question, was Sandra paid for her article? Did an eager editor woo her with ponies for the kids? Who footed the bill for the hot tub? Or was it all just the fevered imagings of a starving writer slaving over her lonely bowl of Kraft Dinner?
Maybe she’s one of the “exposure” slaves, who knows? But lest we feel tempted to feel sorry for her in that case, one last imponderable: is it worse to debase yourself by spewing narcissistic idiocies when someone’s actually paying you for it, or should you just do it for free? LOL
pic related: Slaughter’s article, featured on the cover in the al-Jazz article, is on point to the larger question here. Probably a better read too.
LOL, update to the update:
If plagiarism won’t feed my f*cking kids, maybe copy-pasta will? (Emphasis on pasta, lol.)
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The fact is, if I was making $300,000. a year I would be living ALONE. Why bother with the passive-aggressive male-stone around one’s neck? With $300,000 coming in, one can HIRE people to make one’s life run smoothly. Funny how nobody has anything to say about the way male-high-earners egos “suck all the air out of the room”.. Plus, now that men are being encouraged to ‘explore their homosexual radicle’, most of them are going to be carrying seriously nasty STDs as a result anyway, so women would do well to learn to stand on their own two feet…have you seen the latest on “antibiotic-immune gonorrhea”? Now, there is NO antibiotic that will cure this type of STD… FYI: In any article on the topic of AIG where you read about results of tests run in ‘clinics”, they are referring to “clinics that serve the gay community”, they simply don’t SAY SO lest the queens start screaming about discrimination’ even though it is a fact that the gay community is the sector with the STD rates off the scale, and it is among THEIR numbers that the facts about this sinister new type of STD was discovered…
I remember reading stories from back in the 50s about women with “grapefruit-sized abcesses in their fallopian tubes” thanks to their husbands bringing home gonorrhea from ‘outside’- looks like we are in for a REVIVAL of that phenomenon.
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