Recently, the talented and awesome Jen Dziura filed an excellent piece for the site about how emotions typically associated with men (anger, shouting) aren’t considered emotions, whereas emotions typically associated with women are (moreover, that these kinds are viewed as weaknesses). The post got a lot of love around the internet, but you might never know from the comment thread, which was bombed by too many hateful bros to count.
One such bro, however, offered this truly amazing bit of free association that basically explains the human condition:
Men steal to get money for drugs and sex. Women give up sex to get drugs or the money with which to buy them. Men sometimes assault one another, often so that they might assert their dominance, thereby obtaining sex or money or drugs. Women give up sex…. Women also sometimes manipulate one or more men into assaulting one another, usually just for their own amusement. (Been there, stopped just as we were ready to go at it, when I saw the unholy light in her eyes. We actually maintained a platonic friendship for decades afterward; I’ve desired few women as much as I did her, but I don’t dance on anyone’s strings.)
Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff have decided to discuss jack_sprat2‘s dark vision.
Jennifer: Would you like men to fight over you? Like, if two men started hitting one another in a bar OVER YOU, would that be nifty?
Ashley: Oh my god. You totally want that.
Jennifer: No, no, I think that’s a bit primitive.
Ashley: Is this one of your weird power fantasies I don’t know about?
Jennifer: What I would like is a little war. Only a little one. The kind of thing fought primarily between city states utilizing triremes.
Ashley: You have a Helen of Troy fantasy?
Jennifer: I think I have the fantasy known to every woman who spent A LOT of time playing Civilization III growing up. I would also accept a duel, but that has more to do with my time traveling fantasies about living in the 19th century, or an episode of Firefly.
Ashley: I think I have a fantasy that’s just me playing Civ III at 4:00 in the morning, eating chips. I think that’s simultaneously a picture of perfect happiness and abject despair. Also, college. …So, what your saying is ‘brawling is inelegant.’ But you do want a fight? You know that’s kind of gross, right?
Jennifer: A little war. Just a little one.