Sane Woman Sighting

Eminent blogger Rachel Lucas on If mothers ruled the world, there’d be no goddamn….lots of things.

It starts in about 4th grade, when girls start engaging in what can only be called a war of attrition via emotional abuse. They form evil little cliques and set about utterly destroying each other’s self-esteem and pride. I got glasses when I was 11, and the first dozen people to call me “four-eyes” were girls. When I didn’t start growing boobies as early as some of the others, it was the girls who snickered at me on the playground and called me President of the Itty-Bitty Titty Committee. There was a fat girl in my neighborhood back then, and guess who shunned her and called her “pig” and “lardbutt” on the bus? Not the boys. (Granted, they just ignored her. But which is really worse?)

Then you move on to the nightmare-scape called junior high school, where the females carefully hone their craft and the sabotage is raised to a whole new level of hate. During my soul-ripping years there, I had one boy who “bullied” me but there about five girls who did, and they were ten times meaner about it. Sneaky and manipulative. At least when boys pick on you, it’s all out in the open. Girls? Oh god no. They use subterfuge and reconnaissance. Girls will pretend to be your best friend just to discover your weaknesses, which they’ll then employ to bring you down.

This is absolutely true. It happened to me more than once. And people wonder how a dyke can be a misogynist.

Not that we’d still be living in caves necessarily but really, it deserves some thought. The exact same testosterone-fueled drive that makes men fight wars also makes them build bridges and tall buildings and computers. Made them hunt animals to feed the tribe, made them relentlessly experiment with domestication of animals and crops, made them invent metallurgy, made them invent the fucking wheel. There is no doubt that women are intellectually capable of all of these things, but the fact is that we did not do them on any kind of meaningful scale throughout all of human history.

And it’s not just because we’ve been too busy making babies for 150,000 years. It’s because we don’t have as much testosterone, and therefore we aren’t as big, as strong, as daring, or as experimental as men. And this really is okay to admit. Who knows what would happen if women didn’t have to carry pregnancies and raise children and so had more time on their hands; I’m sure it could be a piquant debate. But if you want my personal opinion, I’m gonna have to go with: it wouldn’t be much different than it has been.

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3 Responses to “Sane Woman Sighting”

  1. Artfldgr Says:

    If mothers ruled the world there would be no wars.

    Mothers of what nation said to their sons “return with your shields, or on them?”

    shall we roll the tape of Mariam Farahat?

    She is most famous for being in a Hamas video that showed her 17-year-old how to attack Israelis and told him not to return. Shortly afterward, he killed five students in a Jewish settlement before he was killed himself.

    of course we dont remember Hetty Howland Green, do we? now there is a real mom (NOT).

    if you adjust her wealth to today, she would be the richest woman in history. Hetty Green’s stinginess was legendary!! When her son Ned was 14, he dislocated his knee in a sledding mishap. Hetty refused to take him to a hospital and instead tried to treat the injury at home and by visiting free clinics. Eventually Ned’s leg needed to be amputated.

    ok.. now how about something a bit more interesting and what most may not know.

    http://americanwarmoms.org/

    By act of Congress on March 4,1931, the Star Spangled Banner was made the national anthem. Petitions with five million signatures on this bill were received with over 60,000 having been secured by the American War Mothers.

    AT THE NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR, September 14, 1939 was declared War Mothers Day.

    They live hundreds of miles apart, but Lalush, of Troutville, Va., and Williams, of Port Charlotte, Fla., are finding comfort in leaning on each other as they try to cope with the sudden loss of their sons. They’re the first two mothers who lost children during the war in Iraq to join a group of older women called the American Gold Star Mothers, most of whom lost children during the Vietnam War.

    from world war I, then WWII, then the rest… War Mothers have been there.

    and just to be accurate, there are many female inventors. just not AS many. after all, women do not need to jump through hoops to prove to someone that they are better than all the others they can select from. oooh oooh choose me! is the key driver maximized when everyone gets to pair off. (serial monogamy allows cads to have harems they dont have to financially maintain)

    http://www.inventions.org/culture/female/lamarr.html
    Hedy Lamarr and i have argued on some keen forums with guys who wanted to claim that she didnt invent what she did.

    the key luck was that she was married to a person that could do something with an idea, and could have the problem be known among the family.

    the solution is hers. as is the solution for kevlar…

    its a question of numbers…

  2. Artfldgr Says:

    If mothers ruled the world there would be no wars.

    Mothers of what nation said to their sons “return with your shields, or on them?”

    shall we roll the tape of Mariam Farahat?

    She is most famous for being in a Hamas video that showed her 17-year-old how to attack Israelis and told him not to return. Shortly afterward, he killed five students in a Jewish settlement before he was killed himself.

    of course we dont remember Hetty Howland Green, do we? now there is a real mom (NOT).

    if you adjust her wealth to today, she would be the richest woman in history. Hetty Green’s stinginess was legendary!! When her son Ned was 14, he dislocated his knee in a sledding mishap. Hetty refused to take him to a hospital and instead tried to treat the injury at home and by visiting free clinics. Eventually Ned’s leg needed to be amputated.

    ok.. now how about something a bit more interesting and what most may not know.

    http://americanwarmoms.org/

    By act of Congress on March 4,1931, the Star Spangled Banner was made the national anthem. Petitions with five million signatures on this bill were received with over 60,000 having been secured by the American War Mothers.

    AT THE NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR, September 14, 1939 was declared War Mothers Day.

    They live hundreds of miles apart, but Lalush, of Troutville, Va., and Williams, of Port Charlotte, Fla., are finding comfort in leaning on each other as they try to cope with the sudden loss of their sons. They’re the first two mothers who lost children during the war in Iraq to join a group of older women called the American Gold Star Mothers, most of whom lost children during the Vietnam War.

    from world war I, then WWII, then the rest… War Mothers have been there.

    and just to be accurate, there are many female inventors. just not AS many. after all, women do not need to jump through hoops to prove to someone that they are better than all the others they can select from. oooh oooh choose me! is the key driver maximized when everyone gets to pair off. (serial monogamy allows cads to have harems they dont have to financially maintain)

    http://www.inventions.org/culture/female/lamarr.html
    Hedy Lamarr and i have argued on some keen forums with guys who wanted to claim that she didnt invent what she did.

    the key luck was that she was married to a person that could do something with an idea, and could have the problem be known among the family.

    the solution is hers. as is the solution for kevlar…

    its a question of numbers…

  3. Artfldgr Says:

    If mothers ruled the world there would be no wars.

    Mothers of what nation said to their sons “return with your shields, or on them?”

    shall we roll the tape of Mariam Farahat?

    She is most famous for being in a Hamas video that showed her 17-year-old how to attack Israelis and told him not to return. Shortly afterward, he killed five students in a Jewish settlement before he was killed himself.

    of course we dont remember Hetty Howland Green, do we? now there is a real mom (NOT).

    if you adjust her wealth to today, she would be the richest woman in history. Hetty Green’s stinginess was legendary!! When her son Ned was 14, he dislocated his knee in a sledding mishap. Hetty refused to take him to a hospital and instead tried to treat the injury at home and by visiting free clinics. Eventually Ned’s leg needed to be amputated.

    ok.. now how about something a bit more interesting and what most may not know.

    http://americanwarmoms.org/

    By act of Congress on March 4,1931, the Star Spangled Banner was made the national anthem. Petitions with five million signatures on this bill were received with over 60,000 having been secured by the American War Mothers.

    AT THE NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR, September 14, 1939 was declared War Mothers Day.

    They live hundreds of miles apart, but Lalush, of Troutville, Va., and Williams, of Port Charlotte, Fla., are finding comfort in leaning on each other as they try to cope with the sudden loss of their sons. They’re the first two mothers who lost children during the war in Iraq to join a group of older women called the American Gold Star Mothers, most of whom lost children during the Vietnam War.

    from world war I, then WWII, then the rest… War Mothers have been there.

    and just to be accurate, there are many female inventors. just not AS many. after all, women do not need to jump through hoops to prove to someone that they are better than all the others they can select from. oooh oooh choose me! is the key driver maximized when everyone gets to pair off. (serial monogamy allows cads to have harems they dont have to financially maintain)

    http://www.inventions.org/culture/female/lamarr.html
    Hedy Lamarr and i have argued on some keen forums with guys who wanted to claim that she didnt invent what she did.

    the key luck was that she was married to a person that could do something with an idea, and could have the problem be known among the family.

    the solution is hers. as is the solution for kevlar…

    its a question of numbers…

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