Thursday, January 29, 2009

Male Logic

I just got off the phone with a friend who was bitching about women. I always find it odd when you have a male friend who bitches. Esp. who bitches about women, as if they are aliens. And then he bitches to a woman because after all, can men bitch to men? I mean, is that done? Women, he said, are just so "f-ing sensitive." I kept working and not really listening, though I was beginning to feel a bit sensitive myself. Sigh. I was very tempted to read him this little piece I wrote a while ago.

Male Logic

(an excerpt from a poem in Sleeping with Houdini.)


One day, I gave up and said, “Listen, Honey, I’m sorry. Maybe I’m just having a bad day. But I think we’re finished. I don’t know what else to say.”

That’s when you handed me that tape entitled, Reason Your Way To Bliss. I tried to listen to it. Honestly, I did. But I stopped, every time I got to that point where the speaker (a man, of course—only a man would equate reason and bliss) was saying: If you take a rock and examine it beneath a microscope, it is no different from a human beneath a microscope. Everything on earth is just atoms and molecules. But I ask you, can a rock have a bad day? Can a bad day be seen beneath a microscope? Of course it can’t. If a rock is smart enough not to have a bad day, then how could you be having a bad day? In truth bad days do not exist. Humans and rocks do. I had to turn off the tape. This, Love, is male logic at its best.

8 comments:

amberbromer said...

hahaha wow, that's funny/annoying. read my post on the 70s. most men make me want to pull my hair out

Christopher Barzak said...

Nin, this is way out of left field, but I just used the metaphor of things being nothing more than atoms/molecules in a passage in the book i'm working on, but when I use it, it's in a chapter set in the forties. I am woefully lacking in a historical understanding of science. Do you know when the atoms/molecules idea, when people at large began to understand this concept (okay, wait, a lot of people still don't, but you know what I mean?) when was that?

Nin Andrews said...

Chris, I'm sure you're fine. I mean, Whitman has the line-- For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
And Jim assures me that by the forties people would be seeing things as atoms/molecules.
The self-help ideas that take that to an extreme--and come up with odd conclusions, I think have been around for a long time, too, though they have gotten a boost from misunderstandings of quantum physics. I think . . . .

amberbromer said...

Actually now that I think about it I think that ad about wealth and poverty was a psa from some sort of religious group. I'll have to watch it again, but that almost sounds like it'd be something a cult or communists would do

Christopher Barzak said...

Thanks, Nin. I know it was semi-off topic, but I am relieved!

Nin Andrews said...

I'd be interested to find out, Amber . . .

amberbromer said...

check it out....
that message was a psa from this organization.
http://info.bahai.org/

Erin O'Brien said...

I love men. I love their genitals. I would use a more graphic word, but this is a very polite place.

I love the hair on their chests.