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Whatever We Consider Good, I Am That By Nature!

Our culture purports to consider it praiseworthy to be attracted to intelligence. In order to defend their claims to across-the-board emotional, moral, nay ontological, superiority, women are positively obliged to assert that they are attracted primarily to intelligence. Were our culture instead to consider it praiseworthy solely to adore the length of a partner’s nose, […]

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 18:39 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Pretensions To Higher Things

There is, of course, no point in asking what women (or men) want in the members of the opposite sex without asking what they want said members for. It is both intuitively obvious and also proven by countless studies that, when looking for a life-partner, both sexes prioritise intelligence, kindness, wit and compatible tastes and […]

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 10:21 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Turkish Beauty Contest As Anxiety Remedy

In one of his books, Naguib Mahfouz says that in traditional Egyptian society it was inconceivable that a girl of marriageable age should express desire for any specific man. He does not explain why; but we may suspect that the reason is that the male society he is talking about had a vehement desire not […]

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 19:32 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Taking Them At Their Word

Every man has, sooner or later, overheard women talking about “punishing” their partners for minor infractions by withholding their sexual favours. That being so, can men really be blamed for drawing the conclusion that women do not want sex in and for itself, but only as a means for securing other goods, in this case […]

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 17:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Take It Away, It’s Not Fit For My Majesty!

Female reproaches against men for misrepresenting what women want suffer from another fatal flaw; they assume that women know what they want. In fact this is not the case, and cannot be the case. For if one’s main cognitive mode is negative, that is, denial and refusal of what men want from you (a mode […]

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 17:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Great Male Security Hole

Having once organised society around a particular concept of family, in which male reproductive success is dangerously dependent on female fidelity, men are condemned to a state of acute anxiety about paternity. This makes them vulnerable to all female strategising that seeks to reassure or exploit such anxiety. It is by no means in women’s […]

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 11:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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I Just Love Your Iteroparity, Dear

When we learn that human beings are iteroparous, we may be reminded of the character in Molière who discovered that he had been speaking prose all his life without realising. Iteroparity means that we can reproduce many times in the course of our lives. That sounds obvious, but some other creatures are the opposite, semelparous, […]

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 15:45 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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A Sliding-Scale Model?

Many desiderata can be organised as opposite points on a sliding scale; for instance, salary versus leisure time. The more you have of the one, the less you need of the other, and that principle will apply to everyone no matter what precise point on the scale they find most congenial. The classic opposition of […]

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 22:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Freud’s Great Question Answered

It is said that the question Sigmund Freud went to his grave unable to answer was “What does a woman want?” My traditional quickie answer has always been threefold: (a) Everything, (b) A man to blame when she doesn’t get it, and (c) Another man to blame when she gets it and doesn’t like it. […]

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 08:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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