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10/3/2014

I’ll Take ‘What Is Always Unflattering’ For $500, Alex. Answer: What Is Women Without A Sense Of Humor

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:52 pm



[guest post by Dana]

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I don’t know about you, but I am spent. The news is so depressing that I thought along with my glass of wine and grilled skirt steak in a citrus marinade, some Friday amusement was in order.

Let’s go for the target rich: Some humorless women got their knickers in a twist this week because of an offensive Jeopardy! category: “What Women Want”. Female viewers pursed their lips in disbelief: Sexism!

• “Some help around the house; Would it kill you to get out the Bissell bagless canister one of these every once in a while?” (Answer: A vacuum cleaner.​)

• “A few moments of quiet to do this, especially the one edited by Will Shortz in The New York Times.” (Answer: The crossword puzzle.)

• “Time to exercise; perhaps a class in this discipline named for founder Joseph, who initially called it Contrology.” (Answer: Pilates.)

• And: “A pair of jeans that fit well, like the 525s from this brand.” (Answer: Levi’s.)

An actress named Sophia Bush started the Twitter ball rolling:

.@Jeopardy? For a “smart” show, you just got srsly stupid RT @DJRumspringa: ARE YOU SERIOUS @Jeopardy?? pic.twitter.com/LEZcSw8K5A #SexismIsUgly
4:34 PM – 29 Sep 2014

This was followed by some pretty funny huffy tweets:

Hey @Jeopardy that “What Women Want” category was straight up sexist. A vacuum? Tea? Really? How about equal pay instead.

Seriously @Jeopardy?How about end to rape culture, equal lay, access to reproductive healthcare, not patronizing stereotypes #whatwomenwant

What women want is not to be married to a lazy immature dickhead that helps clean his own house and raise a family, not tea! #Whatwomenwant

And in case you don’t fully understand why this seemingly trivial issue matters in a BIG way:

But little shit matters, because stuff like this — how we reflexively think about gender when no one makes us think even a tiny bit harder — reveals our biases. It proves that many people don’t recognize that there ARE bigger issues for women than how they look, how tight their Pilates game is, or where the tea is, and that it even matters when you reduce them to such trivialities.

(Of course, no mention was made about the female obsession with looks, Pilates and well-fitting jeans. Not to mention the millions of dollars spent of securing the aforementioned.)

P.S. And for the record, I’ve never met any moderately-aged woman who is not on an ongoing quest to find that one perfect fitting pair of jeans. Myself included.

–Dana

47 Responses to “I’ll Take ‘What Is Always Unflattering’ For $500, Alex. Answer: What Is Women Without A Sense Of Humor”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  2. So a guy is walking on the beach and he kicks over a bottle. A genie pops out and to make a long story short, the guy gets one wish. He says, “I’ve always wanted to go to Europe but I’m afraid to fly. Could you build me a bridge so I could drive there?” The genie says, “Master, that’s a monumental task. I would use up half the concrete and steel in the world. Please ask me for something else.” “Well”, said the man, “another thing I always wanted was to understand women”. And the genie says, “Are you okay with a four-lane suspension bridge?”

    nk (dbc370)

  3. How about end to rape culture, equal lay

    Oops!

    Gazzer (8aebb1)

  4. Gazzer, I wondered if the woman tweeting that realized her ironic mistake?!

    Dana (4dbf62)

  5. She’s trying to tell us something…

    Gazzer (8aebb1)

  6. Heh.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  7. My wife believes in equal rights – one woman – one vote

    EPWJ (8b746f)

  8. What women want is not to be married to a lazy immature dickhead that helps clean his own house and raise a family, not tea! #Whatwomenwant

    So women would prefer to be married to a lazy, immature d*ckhead who doesn’t help clean his house and who raises tea instead of a family?

    I think I understand what the tweeterette was trying to say there, but she somehow managed not to say it. I guess hysteria will do that.

    gwjd (032bef)

  9. I sense Dana limbering up her arm for a shoe toss right through my computer screen.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. Apparently, a lot of them want cradle to grave free birth control, Botox injected lips, breast augmentation, free child care and a narcissistic, incompetent fool in the Oval Office.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  11. And federal mega-funding of the search for a cure for cellulite.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  12. Try this link instead:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4EDhdAHrOg

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  13. Security. If you want to drive a woman away from you, make her feel insecure.

    nk (dbc370)

  14. only a fool asks what women want because, no matter how many things from the proffered list you manage to produce, they’re still not going to be happy, and the list,and attendant priorities, will change faster than you can act anyway.

    it’s rigged game.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  15. I suppose if it was “What men want” and the answers were “steaks, football and sex” these same women would think it funny. But maybe not. Some people just do not like laughter when it should all be SO SERIOUS.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  16. forgot beer.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  17. there’s no point in wanting anything, if you’re married.

    what you get or are denied, is going to be based on whims and irrational thought patterns, and you have ZERO control over any of the processes or their outcomes.

    your only options are “stay”, “leave” or die. that’s why i laugh when people try to tell me married men live longer than single men.

    it just seems that way.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  18. Q. How many Feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?

    A. That’s not funny!

    Otto Maddox (990b3b)

  19. This reminds me of the Twitter dust-up yesterday where the Uber-leftist Cosmo political editor Jill from Feministe was OUTRAGED over a satirical college republican ad that was a take-off on the reality show Say Yes To the Dress. It was sexist and not at all funny because. At the same time, her own site had a similar play on YouTube make-up videos encouraging their readers to vote leftist. The only functional difference was the target audience. And being an editor at Cosmo complaining about how women are portrayed, or appealed to, is rich beyond words.

    JD (285732)

  20. “You may remember the old Persian saying, ´There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman’.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Case of Identity.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. • “Some help around the house; Would it kill you to get out the Bissell bagless canister one of these every once in a while?” (Answer: A vacuum cleaner.​)
    • “A few moments of quiet to do this, especially the one edited by Will Shortz in The New York Times.” (Answer: The crossword puzzle.)

    • “Time to exercise; perhaps a class in this discipline named for founder Joseph, who initially called it Contrology.” (Answer: Pilates.)

    • And: “A pair of jeans that fit well, like the 525s from this brand.” (Answer: Levi’s.)

    Dana, you have these answers all wrong. They’re supposed to be in the form of a question.

    Bill H (f9e4cd)

  22. And then there’s this:

    A homely, shabby-looking man is at a bar surrounded by beautiful women, who seem to be doting on him. The bartender sidles over and says to him, “Please don’t be ofended, but I couldn’t help noticing you have these beautiful women hanging all over you, and, forgive me, but you are not exactly the most handsome person I’ve seen. And I can tell by the way you’re dressed and the fact that they are buying you drinks, it’s not because of your money. Tell me, sir what is it about you that attracts all these ladies?”

    The man thinks a minute, sticks out his tongue and licks first his right eyebrow and then his left eyebrow, and says “I haven’t the faintest idea”.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. I didn’t realize they had that much viral marketing in there.

    Dustin (abfc8a)

  24. What women want is not to be married to a lazy immature dickhead that helps clean his own house and raise a family, not tea! #Whatwomenwant

    So is this woman the victim of some kind of an arranged marriage? She found him, she agreed to marry him… the fact that she is not skilled at selecting a good partner is whose fault??

    That door swings both ways, honey.

    Gramps, the original (7adb80)

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  26. Gramps,

    A woman’s lament: He was a slob before I married him and he refused to to change.

    A man’s lament: She was a sex crazy vixen before I married her and now she refuses sex.

    Xmas (38c038)

  27. Some humorless women got their knickers in a twist this week

    I wonder what percentage of such women are of the left? Probably a lot.

    Knowing the innate ideological biases of people can be the ultimate Rorschach test, the best way to determine how much or how little common sense they have.

    hotair.com, October 2: A hate-speech law is different in that it treats hate as the offense itself. All you have to do is verbalize your thoughtcrime against a protected group and you’re facing prison. Our intellectual superiors in Europe cherish their hate-speech laws but the First Amendment makes them anathema in the U.S.

    For now.

    Independents and Republicans are heavily opposed (although, alarmingly, not quite to a majority degree among GOPers) but Democrats and liberals — proud guardians of the free-speech movement in the 1960s — are ready to censor [at 51%].

    The irony of ironies about one aspect of the mindset of that 51% is a large portion of it likely includes people who are the reason that the Nidal Hasans of US society are given if not total free reign then enough free reign to do as they please until it’s too late.

    Between the way liberals are handling issues like Ebola (or also wanting gay males to be blithely allowed to donate blood so as to not hurt their feelings), illegal immigration and political correctness run amok (yet inculcating European-ized hate-speech censorship in the US) — all against the backdrop of a culture where rude-crude rap music is de rigueur and outrage against a silly feature of some TV show is happily hyped — I’d say if we’re headed for a future of both deranged Sharia law and Russia-China-Third-World-inspired anomie, then so be it.

    Mark (c160ec)

  28. and there is no “try”
    because there is only “do”
    but she’ll say doo doo

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  29. In Walmart the women have given up on jeans that fit for overstretched yoga pants.
    The husbands stock up on beer and ammunition… because whether they know it or not, they’ve become survivalists

    steveg (794291)

  30. yes dear and yes dear
    whatever you say my dear
    may I have my balls?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  31. Yeah, mama and papa told me
    I was crazy to say
    gonna marry this girl
    our love’s here to stay
    So I saved my money
    And I bought a ring
    now whatever I do it’s the same ol’ thing
    Pussywhip comes down
    Pussywhip comes down
    Pussywhip comes down
    When the whip comes down

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  32. Haiku, did you see my Comment #25? Use your head, man. (I would have said “Get a grip” but you already told me that.)

    nk (dbc370)

  33. That’s priceless, nk… Lol

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  34. What too many women really want is to have the guy change from what he was when they married him to what they wished he was. And they get upset when he doesn’t.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  35. Xmas #29 – it is a well-understood problem in male-female relationships … the male marries the female whom he likes – and when she changes, that is a problem … the female marries the male in whom she sees potential – and when he *doesn’t* change to achieve that potential, that is a problem …

    So the male bemoans “She changed !” – and the female bemoans “He didn’t change !” …

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  36. “forgot beer.”

    One of the four basic food groups.

    nk, great jokes. The second reminds me of one. An old man is sitting on a park bench weeping. A passerby stops and, thinking to comfort him, asks if he is homeless. The old man says no, he has a nice apartment. The passerby then asks if he is lonely. The old man says no, he has a beautiful 25 year old wife. The passerby then asks if impotence is the problem and the old man answers no, he has no trouble maintaining an erection for an hour. The passerby, think that this sounds like an ideal situation asks why he is weeping with all this great life. The old man answers that he can’t remember where he lives.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  37. I’ve been to a lot of prisons in my misspent youth. (To see clients.) Women’s prisons and men’s prisons are night and day. Women’s prisons control the women by giving them a secure and comfortable environment, making the uncertainty of causing trouble or trying to escape less attractive than being docile. Men’s prisons control the men through a chaotic, brutalizing environment because if men are not kept busy dealing with trouble they will look for trouble. People differ within their gender, of course, and that’s why we have maximum and minimum security prisons and women’s prisons have maximum security and segregation blocks. But I would give this a 95% validity value.

    nk (dbc370)

  38. I’ve been to a lot of prisons in my misspent youth. (To see clients.)

    Sure, we know. For an interesting take on the Justice system and prison, I just read this book.

    Amazing tale of having a gun in New Jersey. Arrested and sentenced to seven years. Well written. Sorry to be OT.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  39. Anyone else noticing the trend of including brand names of products or company names in Jeopardy clues and answers? If I didn’t know better, i’d say we have subliminal product placement taking place.

    in_awe (7c859a)

  40. There is a reason the members of the “Perpetually Indignant” are, of course, called “The Perpetually Indignant” …

    There’s always something trivial happening that they can get Indignant about.

    IGotBupkia,"Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (aacc3d)

  41. Instapundit has gone off of nanotechnology and is on a “teach women not to rape” kick. His latest rape is an attractive 32-year old lady schoolteacher giving an 18-year old male student sex, marijuana and a good grade. Which reminded me of the reaction of all the women I knew to “Indecent Proposal”: “Robert Redford and a million dollars?”

    nk (dbc370)

  42. From another commenter at Instapundit:

    Or the husband who asked his wife if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a million dollars, only to be answered with, “Dear, you know we don’t have that kind of money!”

    nk (dbc370)

  43. nk, I left you a Bill Maher link on the Ben Affleck thread. Hope you like it.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  44. Let’s just say I watched it, Simon.

    nk (dbc370)


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