We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...to a surprising degree, it is women—not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.
I doubt that it is widely true that young women have become the sexual exploiters and predators, but I know it is true to some extent.
I've seen the girls hovering around my sons and their friends. Hell I saw a girl walking to school this morning with half her butt cheeks hanging out the bottom of some super-short cutoffs. How that's allowed in the school is beyond me.
Is she a 'slut'? I don't know. Certainly dressed like one.
However, the hookup culture works both ways. My sons have told me stories about the "sluts" in their school. But they have friends who aren't all that much different.
I imagine their attitudes toward sex will change when they get to college. It usually does.
I am always cautious about attributing much long-term planning and calculation to sexual behavior of the young. What I thought my sexual plans were at 20 I now see to have been about 45 degrees different from what my real plans were.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Well, to somewhat support Naomi Wolf's latest, though I really find her work abhorrent. For many, if not most men, the vagina is really the center of the universe, is it not? I mean really, get your Henry Miller jag on, be honest. We're not talking day to day here, but fantasies. Then again, maybe I'm just outing myself.
Women have used sex to get ahead in the world for probably as long as they knew they could, meaning 2 million years, give or take.
Nothing new here, except their priorities have changed from getting a position where there's little work, servants, good food, warm rooms, to a position where they can take over a company where their victim/suitor previously was boss before he was persuaded to hand over the reigns to "cement the bond between us" only to be dumped immediately after.
re., "getting a position where there's little work, servants, good food, warm rooms": Maybe the plethora of girlie men urban males out there has nixed this route, and they have defaulted to the predatory mode.