Tuesday, May 16, 2006

and here I thought it was caused by cooties...

Fetch me my axe: Speculation on (another) possible root cause of misogyny:

Quoth Belledame:

But there's a particular twist to the man's expectation in this patriarchally normative set-up, in that the *other* dictates he's received are: You don't have emotional needs. You don't turn to other men for tenderness, and women (except, *maybe*, for That Special Someone, assuming you ever find her), are there primarily for service/combat. So essentially, you're putting an awful lot of expectations on one woman; and very likely you don't even know that you *have* those expectations. They get reified into concrete "shoulds" like "laugh at my jokes" and "have sex __ number of times per __" and so forth. (And of course it could also be that woman in this equation is going off her own reified expectations of what "caring" looks like from a "traditional," sexist perspective...which may include such things as buying presents and spending money, yes. Bottom line: no one's able to ask for what they actually need. cue bitterness all around). (emphasis mine)

go read what she wrote - she's smarter than me.

but this dovetails perfectly with a conversation I had last night with Our Friend. Friend brought to my attention the collected oeuvre of one David DeAngelo of "doubleyourdating.com". Apparently Mr. DeAngelo markets his surefire dating strategies (based on something he calls "C&F", or "Cocky and Funny" flirtation and teasing) to intelligent but assumedly nebbishy men who are unsuccessful at tagging those elusive hot chix everyone is assumed to desire. He espouses a sort of cheerful, feckless aloofness, all entirely based on an inauthentic caricature of masculinity, in order to attract (not to keep, just to attract) an inauthentic caricature of femininity. but, as Belledame so keenly observes, nobody asks for what they really need.

It's safe to assume that one of the hallmarks of intelligence is being able to see through the veils of obfuscation surrounding an idea and get at its true nature. So an intelligent man, in the world of dating, would be able to penetrate the inauthentic caricatures and get to asking for what he really needs - but it seems that in so doing, he's opening himself up for evisceration by women and men alike.

If I were a man, I'd be pissed too.

Thus spake Mr. DeAngelo: "I saw guys tease beautiful women and make jokesabout them to their faces... and then watchedthose women become "little girls" in response...unable to maintain their composure and thereforeunable to maintain their manipulative power..."
this makes me wonder about a few things:
why would an intelligent man want a little girl? Why would a fellow want to date someone who was so devilishly manipulative in the first place?
More from Mr. DeAngelo: "if you start talking to awoman and you say, "OK, so tell me something...Why is it that all women say that they want sweet,nice guys... but they all date sexy, selfish, badboys?" (and then make fun of any answer she gives)Now you're having an EMOTIONAL conversation."
don't women see through this kind of garbage? and why do the het or het-interested women among us put up with it? why not insist upon authenticity, and pay for our own dinner, rather than tolerate the endless dating "strategies" and countermanipulation?

I don't think that Mr. DeAngelo is precisely a misogynist - I don't think he's thought it through all the way to woman-hating. I think he's stuck on woman-using, in the way that Belledame points out - for service/combat.

but to ask everyone's favorite question - who benefits from this sort of celebration-of-the-fake? What would happen if we all at once said "I'm lonely. I'm human. I need some love to protect me from the existential angst that preys on my soul every minute. " Would the patriarchy come tumbling down without the artificial scaffolding of "romance"? (and Belledame - would that kill eros?)

oh, THOSE guys. haha, ew, yeah, sigh. "Seduce and Destroy." there's a bunch of 'em out there.

who profits from it? the handful of sociopathic con-artist gurus like Ross Jeffries, charging something like $900 a pop to hapless schmuckboyz, who may or may not be quite as dysfunctional as the guru himself, but for whatever reason are more willing out to shell out the bigbux for that sort of snake oil than for actual therapy...or even for a straightforward sex worker.

yeh, sure, "what does it profit a man," but people like that have already lost their souls, or never really developed one to begin with. so, money will do.
I am/was on a vc with one promoter of this type of thinking. he managed to be pathetic and funny and creepy all at the same time. thing was, with him, he *did* come out with "I'm lonely, blah blah, pity me poor me" sometimes...and then would ricochet right back into self-aggrandizing macho swaggering.

thing is, yes, it helps to be sensitive...but almost anyone is capable of being sensitive *to him/herself,* given the right excuse. witness even supposedly macho types like Bill O'Reilly: macho dictates the self-pity takes the form of aggresssive paranoia, but it's still an aromatic little whine for 'a that and 'a that. the key is, are they capable of ever extending that sensitivity toward anyone ELSE.

that subject is another and longer post, however.
what's a vc?
"virtual community"
mais bien sur. (d'oh).

interesting take on the Bill O'Reillys of the world.
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