Friday, May 21, 2010

Quote o' the Day: Masculinity Makes T-Rexes of Us All Edition

Could you punch that guy for me? Hand me my drink first, though.

In their weekly GChat extravaganza ("Sexist Beatdown"), Amanda Hess of The Sexist and Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown take on "chivalry." Like, how it infantilizes women and requires dudes to punch other dudes all the time. Dating from those halcyon days of Ye Old Middle Ages when gender relations were basically ideal, chivalrous acts place contrasting but equally shitty burdens on persons of the varying genders.* As Amanda describes:
In modern times, however, the code of chivalry has certainly evolved a bit: Thou shalt pay for her Miller Lights, before you retire to thy bed; thou shalt withdraw her chair, in preparation for her ass; thou shalt open thy lady’s door, in deference to her tiny dinosaur arms; and thou shalt punch out any man who stareth at thy lady’s bosom.

*"Did you walk on the outside of her?" "Should I have paid for the whole cab, Bret?"

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