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August 04, 2005

what i mean about wimmen

Men and wimmen think differently. I'm speaking in generalities here (but the exceptions prove the rule), and I'll say right here, right now: Wimmen crave safety and men crave danger.

Maybe "crave" is the wrong word to use, but it's damned close. I'll just let the evidence speak for itself. Go back through the comments on the posts I've written about Quinton and gather what you will.

EVERY SINGLE COMMENT I've gotten about how "stupid" I am to allow my son to operate a chainsaw or to be around loaded guns came from a woman. EVERY FUCKING ONE!!!

I went back and looked. Not one MAN saw a thing wrong with the way I've treated Quinton. But wimmen, as usual, hyperventilated and developed the vapors because my boy MIGHT GET HURT!!!! doing things I've watched him do. My aching ass.

My daddy stopped taking Mama to my football games for a while, because every time I got knocked down or ended up in a pile of bodies, she wanted to run out onto the field and "mother" me. My Dad once said, "I'm not gonna take you to the game if I have to hog-tie you to keep you in your seat! Robbie can take care of himself out there!"

My dad was correct. Of course, he also taught me to handle power tools, to build a fire and to shoot a rifle when I was younger than Quinton is now. What a heartless, careless bastard he was. He never seemed to get fully in touch with his feminine side.

THAT'S why a boy needs a father.

Comments

If women didn't have vaginas, there'd be bounties on their heads.

Posted by: GORDON on August 4, 2005 11:54 PM

Do you guys think this is more of a mother/father thing or a son/daughter thing? I mean, traditionally, it seems like father push their suns and protect their daughters, and mothers push their daughters and protect their sons. Or maybe I'm just trying to find common ground where there is none.

Posted by: Tim Higgins on August 5, 2005 01:36 AM

nice spelling, moron.

Fathers.

Sons.

Doh.

Posted by: Tim Higgins on August 5, 2005 01:37 AM

I don't have any sons, but I have 3 daughters. The 2 oldest ones (13 & 14) are better shots than I am with the .22, but I'm a better shot with the .40 pistol.

If you teach your children the right way to use these tools (chainsaws included) they have much more respect for them and are less apt to maim or kill themselves or someone else. I've been around people cutting trees that weren't properly taught to use chainsaws...they are the dangerous ones.

If children are around these tools everyday it is the parents' responsibility to teach them the proper way to use them. Just because someone doesn't understand the lifestyle doesn't give them the right to degrade it.

My daughters were in the pigpen with me and a 400 lb. boar this morning fixing the fence. Some people would think that's stupid of me to let them,but it's part of our lifestyle and I've taught them how to keep from getting hurt. Of course, that boar is the sweetest thing in the world, but he's still got teeth and a desire to eat above anything else. And he's a strong son-of-a-bitch. But it's fairly simple if you know what you're doing.
And I've taught them that even though the piglets are cute, don't pick them up. They will squeal and mama will tear your ass up.

We have a huge poster of all the snakes in our state hanging on our wall. They know the good ones from the bad ones. They have to, we've killed multiple copperheads (a few in the house) and a timber rattler on our land.

People naturally fear the unknown - they respect the tools they know how to use properly. Don't teach your children to be scared. Give them the knowledge they need and teach them respect.

Posted by: Just another Jen on August 5, 2005 03:17 AM

Hey, Gordon...
Ya know what?

There oughta be bounties on aboooout 99% of them, anyway.
Psychotic bitches....

Posted by: Stevie on August 5, 2005 03:57 AM

Want to know what happens when you don't teach them?

In most cases they'll do what I did, wait until no one was around and then start fooling around with the power tools and firearms. At least in my case I managed to learn how to handle them before receiving any permanent injuries.

When he's older I'll certainly be teaching my son how to use them safely.

Posted by: Dave on August 5, 2005 04:04 AM

U wanna see the pussies we been raisin' since the advent of the ''touchy-feely'' shit came about, just go to your local hardware store some Saturday and watch these poor bastards come in an buy sumpin. They ain't been taught nuttin bout tools, or barb wire, or chain saws, or guns or much of anything us old farts known about since we was 9 !! I figure the reason prolly is is cuz all the wimmen got their old mans balls in a brass box and have since the chillen was young.

Posted by: johndeerebilly on August 5, 2005 06:02 AM

It's all about balance. Women are supposed to balance men. If one of you is unbalanced, then the other tends to go the other way to counter-balance. It just is. The trick is for both men and women to start opening their minds up to the other. I don't see it happening on the whole though, only in individual cases. That's sad. I like the organization of thought that my husband brings to the table and he likes it that I get a little paranoid sometimes. It's balance...a combination of strengths designed to minimize the weaknesses. Everybody wins.

Posted by: Kelly on August 5, 2005 07:46 AM

Jeez, Kelly. I hope it's not JUST a balanced situation that works.....If it is then I'll need to find a real wussie to hook up with and I just am not picturing that...which means my odds of having a good satisfying relationship in the future are not good. Now you've depressed me.

Posted by: Suz on August 5, 2005 08:07 AM

I can see the shit flying now, wait until the gay rights people read this.

Posted by: james old guy on August 5, 2005 08:59 AM

Suz...there has to be balance in all things...that person has to complement you. I didn't mean to depress you...I have the BEST relationship with my husband...

He's not a wuss..and neither am I. If I overstep my bounds and start acting like a bitch, he becomes more of a man and lets me know. If he's a macho asshole, I let him know.

We have each other's back. I trust him with my LIFE.

I have striven to understand what he deals with in his daily life at work so that I can time my requests for his time at work. And, he does the same for me. Sometimes he needs me to come to work with him and observe and give my impression of things and sometimes I need him to stay home and give his impression of things.

I'm sorry this is so long, but I hope that clarifies things better. I probably should have blogged it, but I don't feel like retyping.

Best of all, he is my best friend. He's the one I think of when I hear something interesting and want to share with. He's the one I think of always. My beer drinking buddy, my everything.

Posted by: Kelly on August 5, 2005 09:24 AM

Kelly's right. Balance is wonderful. If you have it and can compromise now and then, you're set. My husband and I complement one another and it helps us in every area of our lives.

I kind of have to agree with some of what Acidman's saying here. Mom raised for 4 boys on her own (not just because she was "dumb" - she was widowed twice and had 3 children by the time she was 26). She tried to give my 4 brothers the freedom to be boys, but she didn't have a lot of knowledge necessary to be imparted to them. So there were lots of accidents: one of the boys burned down a house playing with matches in a crawl space when he was 5, one 4th of July a jumping jack jumped into her Cadillac and burned it to the ground, one of the boys shot another in the knee with a pellet gun, and list goes on and on. Of course everyone learned a lesson after each mistake, but there might not have been so many accidents had there been a father to show them the correct way to do some of these things in the first place.

I also kind of have to agree with what Tim Higgins said. Mothers DO seem to push their daughters and coddle their sons. I still have a couple of brothers who seem to be on her apron strings and the others run home whenever they get into trouble, yet she pushed me to become independent by the time I was 18 and only let me come back in order to go to school, and even then I had to pay rent and some bills, something none of my brothers ever had to do.

Sorry so long, Acidman. If ya want me to shut up just say so!

Posted by: Jane on August 5, 2005 10:03 AM

I agree about the balance. I have two boys, 5 and 8. I freaked when my husband took the oldest out on his sailboat (we live on Lake Erie). I smiled and told them to have a good time while gritting my teeth. Hubby said he needs to teach him boat/lake safety. He was fine.

P.S. Got the bumper sticker. Thanks A-man.

Posted by: Jilly on August 5, 2005 10:06 AM

Rob

I don't know that men "crave" danger (with the exception of the adrenaline junkies), but men are more tolerant of danger.

Men seem to be better able to place it in the proper context for a given situation.

Reckless risk taking is foolish. Taking calculated risks essential.

Posted by: Rich on August 5, 2005 10:58 AM

I kinda agree with Rich. I certainly don't feel like I crave or invite danger.

OTOH, it's just a frickin' chainsaw. Sure, you want to be careful with it, but from some comments, it's almost as if Rob was chasing his kid around the house with the chainsaw, rather than simply teaching him how to operate it. Sheesh...

Posted by: Tom on August 5, 2005 03:26 PM

A chainsaw won't hurt you unless you do something stuipd with it. I tried to teach my son NOT to be stupid.

Posted by: Acidman on August 5, 2005 03:51 PM

A chain-saw is heavy and most nine year olds are light. It's not a question of smart versus dumb, it's a dangerous tool. If for some reason the kid loses his or her balance, a very serious injury could occur. I'm not using a chain saw as a metaphor for other dangerous devices..... I am merely saying that letting a nine year old use a chain saw is dangerous and irresponsible.

I also think it's somewhat telling that the readers that advocate teaching the use of guns,etc. are all about "shoving dicks down my throat", "getting me for making that statement", and other assorted threats. Why is the only answer to all you gun toting danger driven people, violence? Talk about a bunch of wackos.....

Posted by: dorothy on August 6, 2005 02:01 AM

I'm not gun toting person. Obviously Dorothy has never handled a chainsaw. A 16'' chainsaw is not heavy. I use it all the time to cut tree limbs. I also have an 18" one I use for small trees and larger limbs, and a 24" one I use to cut down trees, and cut them up for firewood.

Maybe you should try to educate yourself just a little before you shout off your mouth dorothy.

Posted by: livey on August 6, 2005 12:00 PM
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