I received SPAM email that says something to the effect of Terrorize her with 9 massive inches. Huh? This is why men want large penises–to hurt women? Imagine if SPAM email about breast enlargement suggested that women want large breasts so we can club men with them and knock them unconscious.
Tuesday, 20 2008f May, 2008
Sunday, 30 2008f March, 2008
According to an article reporting on a study conducted at Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, men “find it difficult to tell the difference between women who are being friendly and women who are interested in [sex].” In the study, male and female undergraduate students viewed pictures of women and “had to categorize each as friendly, sexually interested, sad or rejecting.”
Apparently only pictures of women were used. Why not pictures of men? This suggests that one can tell from the way a woman looks whether she wants it or not. While presumaby the study used facial expressions and other nonverbal body cues, this promotes the idea that a woman’s appearance–but not a man’s appearance–can be an invitation for sex.
Nevertheless, that is how the study was conducted. The findings of the study and their interpretation are noteworthy, too. While women tended to categorize the pictures correctly, men tended to interpret friendliness as sexual interest. It would be easy here to stop and say that men have been trained to believe that all women want sex all the time. But men tended to miscategorize all the pictures. “When images of [women] meant to show allure flashed onto the screen, male students mistook the allure as amicable signals. ” So men thought women wanted sex when women were just being friendly, and when women were interested in something sexual, men didn’t recognize that.
So, instead of men having been raised to believe that women are insatiable sex machines, it turns out that men really don’t care what women want. Perhaps men have been raised to believe that what women want is irrelevant to them. Their task is to go after what they want. Something not stated in the article is whether the men and women were asked to rate their own attraction to the women in the pictures. It would be interesting to know whether men were more likely to categorize the images of women that they found desirable as sexually interested.
Sunday, 16 2008f March, 2008
Why haven’t we heard about any of the other prostituted women that Gov. Spitzer pay-for-raped? He used that same service multiple times, right?
Saturday, 15 2008f March, 2008
I wish I had time to write brilliant posts about a couple of current topics. Since I don’t, I will point you to other blog posts about each of these important topics:
Topic: Spitzer and prostitution, Blog: I blame the patriarchy, Post: Spinster weighs in on Spitzer
Topic: Obama’s pastor and ignoring misogyny, Blog: The Confluence, Post: Thursday — Jeremiah’s Right
Wednesday, 12 2008f March, 2008
Thanks to Feminism Online for linking to a New York Times Opinion piece about The Myth of the Victimless Crime by Melissa Farley and Victor Malarek. They ask, WHAT do we know about the woman Gov. Eliot Spitzer allegedly hired as a prostitute? I wonder why every mention I heard of this on mainstream tv and radio only mentioned the governor’s infidelity but overlooked the human rights issue. Well, I don’t wonder because I know that misogyny is so common that most people don’t notice. Throw in classism and some people probably believe that Kristen’s life is not worth as much as Eliot Spitzer’s life or the lives of his wife and children. In fact, they don’t think anything about her worth because they don’t think of her at all.
Tuesday, 11 2008f March, 2008
Pay-for-rapist* New York Governor Spitzer is reported to have spent tens of thousands of dollars on a high-priced prostitution service. But apparently for all that money he still couldn’t get a BBBJ.
In the court papers, an Emperors Club employee was quoted as telling Kristen that Client 9 — Spitzer, according to investigators — “would ask you to do things that … you might not think were safe,” and Kristen responded by saying: “I have a way of dealing with that. … I’d be, like, listen, dude, you really want the sex?”
A law enforcement official said Tuesday the discussion had to do with Spitzer’s preference not to wear a condom and the call-girl’s insistence that he use one. (READ THE ARTICLE HERE)
Why didn’t somebody tell him to look for Sunshine on Craig’s List or some similar service that advertises women men can pay to rape*? You would have thought that in all his time as a prosecutor he would have learned a little more than that.
*Please don’t post a comment that says something like, “one man paying another man for the right to have sex with a woman that the first man enslaves is just free speech. It’s my right.”