Friday, October 24, 2008

Wisdom from Dudeville

Women are not some 'strange foreign race' that you know nothing about. Yes, you will have difficulty understanding them because of eons of social and physiological differences between the genders. But the one thing you can, and have to understand is that a woman is, deep down, just like you. They have emotions, feelings, scars both mental and physical. They have a history.

It's awesome. Go read.



Blogger Linnaeus said...

They have emotions, feelings, scars both mental and physical. They have a history.

This observation in particular is something that I wish more people, be they men or women, would try to keep in mind when getting to know someone else, especially in a (potentially) romantic or sexual context.

One thing that's been bugging me a bit in recent months is the (at least IMHO) casual judgementalism (is that even a word?) about people that I've been reading in blog commentary. To wit, stuff "there are no good women/men out there," or "I can't believe (insert preferred gender here) are so fucked up," or "They all have too much baggage."

Now, I'm not talking about obvious problem cases (such as the experiences we read about here). I also understand that after enough bad experiences, people get wary and need time to get though that.

I'm talking about cases in which it seems that people don't submit themselves to the same standards that they apply to other people. They decry the "baggage" in other people, but don't seem to notice that they themselves have "baggage" (as we all do to some extent or another) or if they do, they find some way to rationalize or explain it away.

I'm not saying that we owe others human interaction no matter what, just that we (in a very general sense) try to have more empathy for others. It takes time to learn, and it's not always easy, but I think it's worth trying as much as possible.

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Blogger Ginger said...

Agreed. With everything.

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