"I’m not the only woman who’s dumbfounded (as it were) by our sex, or rather, as we prefer to put it, by other members of our sex besides us. It’s a frequent topic of lunch, phone and water-cooler conversations; even some feminists can’t believe that there’s this thing called "The Oprah Winfrey Show" or that Celine Dion actually sells CDs. A female friend of mine plans to write a horror novel titled "Office of Women," in which nothing ever gets done and everyone spends the day talking about Botox.
We exaggerate, of course. And obviously men do dumb things, too, although my husband has perfectly good explanations for why he eats standing up at the stove (when I’m not around) or pulls down all the blinds so the house looks like a cave (also when I’m not around): It has to do with the aggressive male nature and an instinctive fear of danger from other aggressive men. When men do dumb things, though, they tend to be catastrophically dumb, such as blowing the paycheck on booze or much, much worse (think "postal"). Women’s foolishness is usually harmless. But it can be so . . . embarrassing." Charlotte Allen in the Washington Post
"an instinctive fear of danger from other aggressive men" Say What? So, the hubby cowers in the house with the blinds shut in fear of the big boys? I don’t know what to make of that.
I have no idea who the author is. I looked up the "Manhattan Institute" and on first inspection it looks Jacobinish.
A lot of the women whom I associate with are unlike the ones described here by Allen. That may just be a case of voluntary association of the "like." I think it is true that men are better (in general) at things like spatial relations and the eye-hand coordination that goes with it. But, so what? Men vary in this as well.
The rest of the observations contained in this article are so un PC that even I who write novels with decidedly un PC tone am surprised.
OK. Consider this to be a ball tossed in the air. pl