You're right...I guess I'd have to be a woman to understand.
Thanks for acknowledging that. As those on LiveJournal like to say, "kthxbye." (Okay, thanks, 'bye.)
where'd she find men who would do that?
Our father is wonderful. :wideeyed: (He grew up around lots of women, so he's used to it.) I don't know how she managed to convince her boyfriends, but she convinced them, and convinces her husband, to buy them for her. Don't ask me how; I just know she does it.
Since I pretty much just don't give a frack, I just go out, grab what's needed, and have no guilt over it at all. Maybe because I don't relate to my "femininity," and have never felt compelled (unlike my sister) to impress men, I don't feel any need to be delicate about it. It's not like I'm screaming, "LOOK! NAPKINS!"
And any man with half a lick of sense knew not to make the comments about a woman's mood swings and irrationality
There have always been nasty comments to the effect of "If we had a female president, we'd have to worry every month about whether she'd hit the nuclear button." I've always wanted to reply, "Heck, with men in charge, we've had to worry every *day* about whether we'd all be nuked. Once a month doesn't sound so bad!"
Anyway. I can't remember if I've ever read Germaine Greer, which embarrasses me, since I went through such a blazingly feminist stage last decade. Is she indeed strident and whiney? The comment Rhea shared sounded off-kilter, but she may have a point about exploitation of animals. I know that my mom agrees with Greer on this; I think GG didn't need to say it quite as she did.
Irwin wasn't the only "animal exploiter" -- heck, I grew up watching "Wild Kingdom" and Jacques Cousteau; JC was often griped at for interfering with the animals too often.
Most of all, he treated those animals with awe, respect and friendship.
I rarely watched him, I'll sadly admit, but he was quite a character. I heard a good bit on the radio that was played in his honor -- he got bitten by a croc he was holding, and commented something to the effect of "Oh, that was my fault; I didn't hold her tightly enough. She's not to blame at all." He may have been a big, overgrown kid, but he had good insight on animal behavior. It's a shame he died, but he was living in a way that made it likely, and it was a good life for him.
"The dew has fallen with a particularly sickening thud this morning."
- Marvin the Paranoid Android, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
Rules for Surviving an Autocracy
Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen