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January 21, 2006

quote of the day

"If you did your job or held up your end, and treated them with the passing respect they accorded you, you were all right." Neither dumb lugs nor proletarian saints, Ned's bowling buddies are wont to make homophobic cracks and pay an occasional visit to a strip club, but they surprise Vincent with their lack of rage and racism, their unflagging efforts to improve Ned's atrocious bowling technique and "the absolute reverence with which they spoke about their wives," one of whom is wasting away from cancer.

I found that one here and it's from a New York Times book review of Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man. (Norah "passes" as a man for a while and writes about what she learns as an insider in the masculine world.) I think the quote is very revealing.

Why should anyone be "surprised" by a "lack of rage and racism" in a group of men? Why should anyone find that men expressing "absolute reverence" for their wives a remarkable idea? It certainly couldn't be because these qualities are totally opposite the leftist, feminist, intellectual, New York Times stereotype of men today.

Nah. Couldn't be. That would smell of a sexist, bigoted mindset and everybody knows that only MEN, especially Southern men, the hairy swine, can be guilty of that sin. Bejus! The next thing you know, somebody is gonna suggest the outlandish notion that a lot of black people are racist. Be still, my heart!

Men as decent human beings. How AMAZING!

Comments

I found my quote of the day at Paxety in the comments on Mahones piece: "A racist is any white person who disagrees with any black person for any reason." See, that is why the left wing allows that a black person cannot be a racist.

Posted by: GUYK on January 21, 2006 12:06 PM

I know a few 'Southern Gentlemen' whom (Were you the one who/whom thought this word should be eliminated?! I don't like it either...sheesh!) are just as the term implies....go figure!!! :)) (Ok...so one of them did NOT happen to be my ex...but well....I still have faith..ha!) ;-)

Posted by: Di on January 21, 2006 12:37 PM

I read the book review, too. I was amazed at that passage, too. What, working class white men acting decently? I suppose her views of such people are based on Archie Bunker.

Just goes to show how detached from reality some people are, including, I guess, lesbians and people who review books for the NY Times.

She was suprised by how much rejection men receive from women. Wow. This book is a bombshell. It might be of interest to feminsts, who likely have little first hand experience with men. Don't be suprised if this book gets put into the required reading for some lame Woman's Studies course.

It is amazing the double standards that get used all the time against men. For example, I like how going to strip clubs is always used to impugn someone's character. I have been to strip clubs. I enjoy them. I like the dancers, who are mostly young working woman supporting themselves or their children. You can have a great time and the only thing you can catch in a strip club is a cold, which makes them a lot safer, say, than any gay bar. If a gay man goes to a gay bar, and engages in casual sex, that would never be used to impugn his character, either, at least on the pages of the NY Times.

Posted by: joel on January 21, 2006 10:27 PM

Many of those "women" get pissed off at the thought of men putting other (real) women on pedistals...hell, I thought pedistals were made just for that purpose - I won't associate with a woman who doesn't belong on one. Treat a woman right and you'll get coffee in bed whether you drink it or not!

Posted by: James Hooker-ex cracker on January 22, 2006 06:53 AM

I have got to read this book.

Posted by: Dean Esmay on January 22, 2006 07:40 AM

So, her claim is that she's actually a woman, correct? Thanks, but I've already seen The Crying Game.

Posted by: disconnect on January 23, 2006 10:06 AM

She should have spent the year as an asian gay midget.

Posted by: spacemonkey on January 23, 2006 12:23 PM
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