Inappropriate Conversation Topics: A Cautionary Tale

You may have noticed, dear readers, that I don’t post much about my personal life. This isn’t because I don’t have a personal life; mostly it’s just because my personal life isn’t very interesting. However, when I’m not busy blogging, or researching, or getting yelled at by my boss, I sometimes hang out with people. And, believe it or not, some of those people are dudes. There’s even this one dude whom I live with, and sometimes make out with. For the most part, these dudes are not terribly receptive to my crazy feminist ideas, but they mean well, so in general we all try to avoid the topic and instead discuss more neutral things, like Vulcan biology (the biology of Vulcans). However, every once in a while, one of them will say something like this:

DUDE: Have any of you noticed that all promiscuous women seem to have mental problems?*
BRETT: No.
DUDE: Well, you have mental problems, and you used to be promiscuous.
BRETT: WTF.

Needless to say, the conversation did not last long.

Note to men who socialize with women, feminist or otherwise: don’t make a completely unfounded and sexist argument, then try to back up that argument with WELL YOU’RE CRAZY AND KIND OF SLUTTY AMIRITE? It won’t work. You will, in fact, lose all of your Sensitive Points or Progressive Points or anything else you may have had in your favour. Seriously, just don’t.

Not to mention that this dude initiated this conversation in the presence of both my live-in makeout partner and my sister, who happens to be a totally emotionally stable young woman who has not only had casual sex, but at one point had casual sex with him.

Honestly, even I know better, and I once tried to flirt with a guy by offering to show him how far I could stick my finger into my eye.**

* I am not paraphrasing. This is exactly what he said.
** Yes, this really happened. And no, it didn’t scare him off. I still don’t know why.

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Comments

  • Ladyguerita  On April 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    OMG, you should have put a trigger warming. But then again I know a couple people in my life who suffered from depression. I don’t know What I would do if I was in your place. Probably lose my cool and yell at him.

  • Dominique Millette  On April 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    wow. What a winner. Not. I think this illustrates the peril of navigating the manculture when you understand reality. It’s harsh.

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