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Date: 2009-03-27 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayshapero.livejournal.com
Grin...

All I can say is never confuse the general for the specific or one entity for another. What "a woman" wants and what "THIS woman wants" may be continents apart.

Date: 2009-03-27 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
And the same goes for anyone else. We were rather late learning that you have to give your spouse what they need, not what you need.

Date: 2009-03-27 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acelightning.livejournal.com
Funny, but you almost never hear jokes in which a woman asks "What do men want?" (If anything, there are jokes about "I wish men would want something besides that...")

Date: 2009-03-27 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kayshapero.livejournal.com
But you do hear a lot of jokes along the lines of "Why do men never ask directions?" Both are based on generalizing from individual members of a class to the whole class under circumstances when this gives inaccurate results. There is, of course, a nasty undertone implying that if one member says one thing, another something else, then there must be something wrong with the class.

Date: 2009-03-27 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Actually I wasn't thinking of the stereotype at all - that joke fits me and Colleen so well it's scary.

Date: 2009-03-29 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acelightning.livejournal.com
The jokes always remind me of this techno-geek illustration of the difference between the male and female sex drive (and I really appreciate the construction - someone must have had the Junk Box Of The Gods). But, of course, "all generalizations are false, including this one". Yes, I'll wander for hours, dazed but happy, in a shoe store or a fabric store... but I react exactly the same way in a hardware store, an electronics parts store (if I can still find one!)... or a bookstore. And I have no problem stopping and asking for directions. Neither does my husband, but most of the time I don't need any, having memorized the relevant portion of a map before I set out, while he needs to know both landmarks and mileages ("turn right onto No Name Avenue, 3/8 of a mile past the Sunoco station").

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