Monthly Archives: December 2010

Affirmative action for younger siblings.

The next time you find yourself sitting in a pub in the company of a group of medical students, business students, or law students, here’s an easy experiment you can do:  Ask the group how many are the oldest children … Continue reading

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Asking versus guessing.

A few months back, several bloggers commented about the difference between “asking” cultures and “guessing” cultures.  As the name suggests, “asking” cultures are ones in which you can directly ask for what you want, and “guessing” cultures are ones in … Continue reading

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Getting beaten up by a girl.

Back when I was in high school, I had a class with a horrible girl named  “Jennifer.”  She hated me, and one day announced loudly that she was going to beat the shit out of me.  Needless to say, this … Continue reading

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The darker side of sexual entitlement.

Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing you hold down the adjoining. – Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March Hugo Schwyzer wrote a response to my last post about sexual … Continue reading

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Sexual entitlement.

“No matter how much it sucks that a certain person has trouble finding people to have sex with — and yes, it obviously sucks, whether it’s happening to men or older women or fat people or whatever — this problem … Continue reading

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Men can’t “opt out.”

When I was in college, my friend “Jay” and I both knew a young woman, and as it happened I spent some time with her on a day after she’d gone on a date with Jay.   She and I didn’t … Continue reading

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The obligatory homosexual.

In 1967, Mike Wallace narrated a CBS special report on homosexuality that makes for fascinating viewing today: (But it doesn’t want to embed into my post, so you can view the full 43 minute report here or here.) The report … Continue reading

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