The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 November 2003

Machiavellian princesses

Someone wandered onto the site today with the perhaps-anguished search string why are women so devious; apparently he (I'm guessing) was serious enough to go through four pages of previous results before landing at Vent #300.

This is what I actually said on the subject:

Women are often portrayed (especially by men or by female rivals) as being calculating and devious, and the portrayers go out of the way to suggest that this is a bad thing. I'm not so sure. Without getting into that arcane left-brain/right-brain stuff, it seems at least plausible to me that women are certainly capable of working out the complex mathematics of human relationships, but most cultures familiar to us expect women to accept passively the results of those computations. Is she calculating and devious? More likely, I say, she's conducting a recount.

Which, from the vantage point of a year and a half later, seems to make even less sense than when I wrote it.

What say you?

Posted at 8:04 PM to Table for One


With Diebold voting machines or punch-card ballots...?

Posted by: David at 10:29 PM on 16 November 2003

Women are more devious, because in the traditional Woman's Place, it was considered unholy for a woman to beat the sh!t out of someone because they felt like it. They had to be more sneaky than men concerning the all-important Payback.

With gender roles changing there has been a marked increase in the violence perpetrated by women.

(I didn't even read that anywhere, I thought of it while taking a massive dump. And no, that's *not* more information than you needed to know, just more than you're used to [and you'll never see that car commercial the same way again, you're welcome])

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 12:05 AM on 17 November 2003

"With gender roles changing there has been a marked increase in the violence perpetrated by women. I didn't even read that anywhere, I thought of it while taking a massive dump." - Terkish Payne

Well, despite the fact that you may not have read it anywhere, I said the same thing a few weeks back on this very site in a comment. Don't remember what Chaz's entry was that day, but I responded in a similar fashion regarding violence that we see on a daily basis on television of women towards men.

(Or maybe you did read it, and you subconsciously entered it into your mental database to be brought back to the surface again when you needed to take a massive dump :)

Posted by: Vickie at 4:58 AM on 17 November 2003

Maybe, but I don't think so. I'll have to look through all these comments and see if I read that one. I'll remember when I see it whether I did or not. Could have seen it on TV, too. I dunno, was running on fumes last night. Memory for that kinda thing isn't too good when I'm past tired.

I *did* figure out the entire *real* story behind the Star Wars saga while pooing, though. And George Lucas only WISHES he had thought of it. :)

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 7:55 AM on 17 November 2003