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The Wife Of Bath

It is said that the question Sigmund Freud went to his grave unable to answer was “What does a woman want?” Perhaps he should have read his Chaucer, whose Wife of Bath solves this riddle in a single word: “sovereignty”. The Wife of Bath, however, left out something important: what women most desire may indeed […]

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 11:40 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
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The Bottom Line

Which way round is it: that women seek to look good in order to attract a man, or that they seek to attract a man who can finance their looking better than the other women? All the feminist talk about male power and hegemony has conspired with male vanity to conceal the ultimate truth, that […]

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 09:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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First Things First

The comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous, a satire on American beauty pageants in the boondocks, can be read as a kind of gross-out parody of chicklit. This is not a world in which female life revolves around sex and “love”; here, everyone takes sex for granted and the ambition is rather to escape the small […]

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 10:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mrs. John Smith, The Real Story

Feminists have always assumed that a woman’s taking of her husband’s surname – which English-speaking nations took to the extreme of making her take his Christian name as well – was entirely a matter of the imposition of male preferences. Perhaps Mr John Smith indeed used to get off on hearing his wife referred to […]

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 12:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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It’s Not About Us

When women “dress to kill”, they are competing with one another for the sake of that competition itself; it is the other women who are being “killed”. They don’t give a damn what mere men think of their dress choices, as anyone knows who has accompanied Stepford Shoppers. We may perhaps apply the same model […]

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 11:29 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Bitch Face

I once complained to a female friend of the way most perfume and couture advertisements in fashion magazines show women wearing arrogant and even sneering expressions. Myself, I prefer my models looking happy and cheerful. She explained to me the way this is supposed to work: most men respond to a “Make my day” kind […]

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 10:02 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Why Do Women Live Longer?

Women tend to live longer than men. A generation or two ago the answer was given in terms of stress, but then it was found that the gap persists between monks and nuns. Can it be that women live longer because they cling even harder to life in adverse conditions? Well, then, why do they […]

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Algorithm?

Given that women so often describe men as a kind of primitive algorithm, whether a hitting-program or a fucking-program or both, let us return the compliment and ask what kind of algorithm a woman might be. That is to say, what would be the most elegant and economic description of the great bulk of female […]

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 13:58 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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In Praise Of Simple Needs

Although it suits their book to make a great mystery of what they themselves want, women have been known to claim that what men want is very simple. One of them once expressed it in the motor-mechanic language of “regular despunking”. Well, there is a lot of truth in that. But we may then ask […]

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 10:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Coda: What Women Need From Us

Quoth Aristotle Onassis, who ought to know: “If women did not exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.” Well and good; but can we imagine something similar being said by a woman? For what value of X might a woman say, “If men did not exist, all the X in the […]

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 14:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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