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Response to Matariki (Original post)

Sun May 25, 2014, 07:09 PM

16. Putting my Pollyanna hat on . . .

I have to ask the author: what kind of people (and specifically men) do you hang out with? Can you quantify how many of the too-many-men think like you describe?

Because I don't know any. I'm an older guy and my friends tend older as well, but I do know younger men and was one myself once, and the attitudes you describe are foreign to me.

Please don't get me wrong, but when the author of this piece says "Culture wants us to think that. That being a guy comes with a rider like we’re Van Halen demanding a fucking bowl full of green M&Ms or some shit . . ." that sounds like he's talking about the majority view.

It it helpful to terrorize ourselves? Do we make things better by painting them as worse?

Maybe I'm kicking a hornet's nest, but I'd like to know from both men and women:

• Men, do you recognize these traits? Are they predominant among your friends and acquaintances?
• Women, do you live in fear of all public places? Do you see every man as a potential assailant?

Because — without trying to downplay the problem — the author seems to be living on a different planet than I am.

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