Archive for the ‘WHAT WOMEN WANT’ Category

Given Over To The Ride

Since in either sex the orgasm involves a certain loss of mastery, it might seem intuitive that the inability to achieve orgasm might be related to a fundamental refusal of each and any experience where one is not totally in control. Perhaps the classic example of such an experience is the roller-coaster ride. One is […]

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 10:38 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Nature Of Frigidity

A Great Lost Opportunity

Mel Gibson’s film ‘What Women Want’, from which I take the title of this Part, was a tragic waste of a good idea. To start with, it was depressing that the intrinsically intriguing device was used merely for a run-of-the-mill romcom set in an advertising agency; does Hollywood really not know of any professions other […]

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 10:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

Let’s Not Even Listen

Evolutionary explanations of human sexual selection, otherwise known as female sexual choice, have concentrated on youth, fertility, status and parental commitment. It is complained that the evolutionists ignore the qualities stressed by respondent surveys such as intelligence, humour and creativity. But ignoring the survey data is precisely the right thing to do. For, when answering […]

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 14:00 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

Towards A Sceptical Manifesto

If we want to know What Women Want, you say, we should ask them? Really? Would they take men’s word for what men want? No, so we return the compliment. It will no doubt be accounted both strange and offensive that a mere (boo! hiss!) man should write a Part entitled What Women Want. For […]

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 11:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

Sorry, Guv, You Lost That One

The use of the name ‘Find the Lady’ as a synonym for three-card monte or the walnut-shell game is wiser than it knows. For the reason why women have a reputation for being difficult to understand, or beyond the ken of such simple-minded creatures as males, is nothing to do with their actual nature or […]

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 10:40 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

Finding The Lady in Fiction

It is a constant female refrain that male novelists are unable to portray a woman realistically, and ought not to try. Funnily enough, we never hear the corresponding complaint about female novelists’ portrayal of male characters, either because they already perform the portrayal perfectly, or because nobody cares, or else because nobody dares. Those who […]

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:38 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

Chicklit As Scholarly Source

In their ideological and moralising mode, women are forever telling us how they can only enjoy sex with someone they love and trust and feel safe with. Alternatively, that they only wish to enjoy it with someone who gives them security, which makes it more of a tactical and economic mode. So is this what […]

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 16:48 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

The Women’s Page

A novelist complains about male journalists ‘“looking for the woman’s angle” – as if there would be only one’. Indeed, what kind of idiot could possibly think that? But wait a moment: just precisely who is it that has spent decades training us to believe that there is in fact a single ‘woman’s angle’, which […]

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 10:29 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

Women’s Magazines As Scholarly Source

If we decide we need to know how women really think, feel and act, as opposed to what they say, we have three options. First, we may listen to the nearest exemplar of that kind of feminist who begins all of her sentences with the word ‘Women’, followed by a verb and predicate, but is […]

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 08:17 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution

On Zadie Smith, Magazines and Lying

In one of her articles, Zadie Smith invokes a UK women’s magazine’s claim that only 2% of girls think that it is intelligence that a man looks for first in a girlfriend. Even granting, for the present, that the magazine is truthfully reporting the girls’ beliefs, this does not mean that they are correct in […]

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:36 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: WHAT WOMEN WANT, The Copernican Revolution