Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tribal Chieftains

Any time a man starts an article with “What do women want,” you know you’re in for good laugh — as in hollow and sardonic. For example, check out this by Kevin D. Williamson at National Review.

What do women want? The conventional biological wisdom is that men select mates for fertility, while women select for status — thus the commonness of younger women’s pairing with well-established older men but the rarity of the converse. The Demi Moore–Ashton Kutcher model is an exception — the only 40-year-old woman Jack Nicholson has ever seen naked is Kathy Bates in that horrific hot-tub scene. Age is cruel to women, and subordination is cruel to men. Ellen Kullman is a very pretty woman, but at 56 years of age she probably would not turn a lot of heads in a college bar, and the fact that she is the chairman and CEO of Dupont isn’t going to change that.


Have a gander at that Romney family picture: five sons, zero daughters. Romney has 18 grandchildren, and they exceed a 2:1 ratio of grandsons to granddaughters (13:5). When they go to church at their summer-vacation home, the Romney clan makes up a third of the congregation. He is basically a tribal chieftain.

Professor Obama? Two daughters. May as well give the guy a cardigan. And fallopian tubes.

Wow, I can smell the Viagra-enhanced testosterone from here.

It doesn’t take Psychology 101 to figure out that this dude has real issues with feelings of gender inferiority when he cranks out a defensive — and offensive — primal scream like this. I don’t know him from Adam, but given the topic of the last week and the larger topic of women having control of their uterus, you have to wonder why it is that conservatives are so threatened by other peoples’ self-confidence and sense of autonomy. Why does Mr. Williamson get all bonered up about Mitt Romney siring five sons who turn out male grandsons and diss President Obama for having daughters? (By the way, all of Mitt’s boys are straight? C’mon. The simple law of averages predicts that at least one of them has Latter Days in his Netflix queue.) Simply put, what is so threatening about women to him and to a lot of men in the Republican party?

He will have to answer that on his own, but I’m pretty sure it explains why the GOP isn’t doing so well with women voters.