Wednesday, January 23, 2008

an important lesson for us all..

this is absolutely appalling..a detailed article written by an american man on his disgust at the lack of care we british women take with our appearance, in contrast to our american counterparts. it has, thankfully, been a while since i have encountered such outright misogyny..we women are only there to be looked at, you know, so how dare we fail to keep up with the high standards that this man (and apparently, according to him, all men) expects? we should all, apparently, be spending at least £700 a year on grooming ourselves, maintaining a flawless, hairless, soft and supple warned ladies, the smallest details do not go unnoticed - skimping on hand cream is sure to make this man "recoil" from touching palms that are as "rough and leathery" as "a tree-climbing monkey's"..

however, those american girls are not without fault either. according to tad, american women are obsessed with money, looks (eh? i thought we were supposed to be obsessed with our looks tad?), "take themselves too seriously and are annoyingly confronta-tional" (the word confrontational, by the way, does not need a hyphen). also, according to tad, american girls are just big ol' sluts: "The good news for men, by the way, is they are convinced that the best way to prove they are equal to a man is by sleeping with him. Um . . . Go ahead, that’ll teach me. "

it's difficult to figure out exactly what tad wants from a seems he wants us to spend vast amounts of money and time on our looks, but then never talk about it. he wants us to provide him with good conversation, but not to take ourselves seriously. on top of all this, sex is a big no-no..apparently....

there's also a nice dollop of racism in the article when he refers to a failed attempt to engage his manicurist in conversation, an attempt which backfired "mainly... because my Cantonese is poor."

one of the many irritating things about this all-round odious article is the insinuation that all men have such outdated and sexist views. i don't know about you, but i find this insulting on behalf of my many, many male friends, including the lovely owlhead, who regard women as fellow human beings, and not mere decorative objects.

via penny red


Blogger Le_Gore said...

He does say...
"Nobody’s perfect. Certainly not the men who get to take out these women"

Also he says US women pay $700 a month on their appearance where as he doubts UK women spend $700 a year.

Im not agreeing with him, firstly its got to be a bit tongue in cheek?
Secondly this is the environment he is in he has not met ALL British women so his argument is obviously flawed.

5:52 PM  
Blogger schmemma said...

ok, in my rage i missed the conversion from dollars into pounds..

i think that, despite being written in a 'witty' fashion, this is not, unfortunately, tongue in cheek. i thought that at first, but by the end of the article he has reiterated his point so many times that i really think he believes this.

and yes, he has not met *all* british women..but it is hardly the point whether or not his argument is flawed from that aspect. the point is that he so obviously regards women as decoration. despite expressing a slight admiration for the conversational skills of british women, his main grievance is that we don't spend a large percentage of our free time and income on our appearance. this is an unbelievably outdated, misogynistic, arrogant and above all idiotic viewpoint, in my opinion..

how are you anyway?!

4:59 AM  
Blogger matt said...

oh my god! what a prick. 850 quid a month on beauty and physical conditioning? really? if he really believes in what he wrote then he should show that article to every future date he has and see how that works out. don't hate him, pity him.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Le_Gore said...

Im good ta, was talking about this with Lia yesterday & said about his comment "no self respecting american women has carbs after 2pm"

To which she replied..."yeah cause no one is overweight in America!!"

Should be back in blighty end of August for a few weeks, looking forward to that :-) How's you?

2:40 PM  
Blogger stevie said...

i agree with tad, and i'm pretty sure all the men in oxford, newcastle, and the rest of england, do as well.

get down that salon and sort yourself out darling! and take all them other english birds with you. jeez.

i haven't seen one attractive english babe in years. i'm surprised all us english men haven't emigrated. i think robs got the right idea snagging himself an american chick.

enders x

8:23 AM  
Blogger Viviane Schwarz said...

Hello! - Man, that put me in a mood too now. Good thing these guys always run away FAST when I meet them in real life.

I note that lady he meets is single because she's ugly. He's single because... hmmm... surely not because he's an idiot?

12:50 PM  

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