Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sign Me Up

When I leave the land of Tech, riddled with male engineers, I shall head for the land of women.

Chinese tourism authorities are seeking investment to build a novel concept attraction -- the world's first "women's town," where men get punished for disobedience, an official said Thursday.

The motto of the new town would be "women never make mistakes, and men can never refuse women's requests," Chinese media have reported.

I should eventually admit, what is readily obvious, that I don't really have any idea about how women work, or how men ought to relate to them; but it seems to me that most of the rest of the world is similarly clueless. Thus, in all likelihood I will continue to speculate irresponsibly.

This probably deserves a lengthy and thought-provoking response. For the reality is that men can never really refuse the requests of women, so long as they are actual requests. I don't deny that women do occasionally find that men will not bow to their whims, but this is usually either because women are not requesting but demanding or, if they are demanding, they are not adamant enough in their nagging.

Thus, in one respect, there is nothing new about this town in China. On the other hand, by admitting a common truth, the validity of that truth is somehow diminished. By claiming as a surprise that which is readily obvious brings that very claim into doubt. It is as if men founded a town where women could never over-power men physically. We would probably feel that any man who needed a town to tell him as much wasn't a very strong man, that he hadn't the foggiest idea of what a man was.

So too with these women. I can't help but feel that these women are the type I would never wish to talk to, much less live with. As a man, I can and must give in to the various requests of women, but I must be allowed to pretend that I have some freedom about it. Human beings do not behave well under compulsion, and this is especially true concerning men. It may be true that the world would be a better place if men would simply take out the trash without having the need of a request from a woman, but for my part, I cannot seem to remember when to feed myself, much less can I remember when to take out the trash. And, if given a choice, I would rather be free to beckon to beauty's request than be compelled to do something that is, I would argue, strongly opposed to my nature.

Now getting a beer from the fridge on the other hand...


troutsky said...

You assume because those college girls own you the rest of the world runs like that. bad assumption.Women are far more likely to live and die in poverty, work harder and earn much less, have much less security and far fewer rights world -wide than their male counter-parts.Hence the attraction of a Chinese "reverse world". Think about real power, not allure, two very different things.

A Wiser Man Than I said...

Think about real power, not allure, two very different things.

I would maintain, following Camille Paglia, that what you call allure is real power. The husband's of poor women are poor themselves. And don't even try to pretend that having political or corporate power is held above women. Behind every plutocrat is a woman, too.

Doom said...

Sweet! That was a fantastic read, with enough humor and tongue in cheek to lighten my day, nay, week. It tracks well, also.


Women work harder, but usually for their own purposes. They nest, men, well, survive I think would be the term. Women need/want cleanlines, order, regular diets, and a host of other things. Men need food occasionally, water once in a while, and occasional shelter.

I'd live in a cave, near a stream, with enough food nearby (bunnies and rabbits work) if I didn't have an interest in finding a wife. Then, I realize, I will probably work myself to death meeting my families needs. Which, is also ok. Go figure.