11 February 2007
When you care enough to wring the very most
Philip Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield, sneered at sex: "The pleasure is momentary, the position is ridiculous, and the expense is damnable." I might suggest that his lordship might have been happier had he tried other positions, but his other two premises are well-nigh unassailable.
Now Terry comes forth to assail one of them, and right on time, too:
"Gifting" is considered the salvation of profits, which is indicative of a societal misperception that dollars = devotion. Sure, being remembered is nice, but that's true day to day, not on artificial occasions. A simple "I'm thinking of you" goes much farther than something wrapped up with a bow. If I want flowers, I'll pick up a small bouquet from the grocery store for $5. If I want jewelry, I'll spend a couple of bucks at Target or Shopko. I don't need anyone to prove something to me by buying them for me. I think most women would agree with me. Men need to see advertising for what it is: an underhanded way for the retail industry to weasel money out of their pockets by convincing them that they're unworthy in a woman's eyes if they don't come across with something expensive. Don't believe it.
It probably wouldn't hurt if a few more women had this insight, either, if you know what I mean.
Now does anybody have any ideas to stretch out the "momentary pleasure"?