March 19, 2005

COMPLEX ISN'T EVER A COMPLIMENT:

X-celling Over Men (MAUREEN DOWD, 3/20/05, NY Times)

Men are always telling me not to generalize about them.

But a startling new study shows that science is backing me up here.

Research published last week in the journal Nature reveals that women are genetically more complex than scientists ever imagined, while men remain the simple creatures they appear.

"Alas," said one of the authors of the study, the Duke University genome expert Huntington Willard, "genetically speaking, if you've met one man, you've met them all. We are, I hate to say it, predictable. You can't say that about women. Men and women are farther apart than we ever knew. It's not Mars or Venus. It's Mars or Venus, Pluto, Jupiter and who knows what other planets."

Women are not only more different from men than we knew. Women are more different from each other than we knew - creatures of "infinite variety," as Shakespeare wrote.


Which is why any two men can be friends, or at least get along, but no two women can.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2005 10:21 PM
Comments

What?????

Posted by: erp at March 19, 2005 10:44 PM

Confirming my suspicion that Maureen Dowd is from some alien galaxy.

Posted by: jd watson at March 19, 2005 11:44 PM

Any two women working together will eventually become enemies. Any two women on any committee will eventually take opposite sides (always)infallible.

I've seen it in too many offices for too many years.

Posted by: TW at March 20, 2005 12:35 AM

Horrors! Are differences between men and women and their achievements genetically determined? I have to leave the room or else I shall black out or throw up!

Posted by: George at March 20, 2005 1:08 AM

Horrors! Are diffenences between men and women and their achievements genetically determined? I fear that I shall have to leave the room or else I might black out or throw up!

Posted by: George at March 20, 2005 1:10 AM

Complex and proud of it, here. Women have said it makes me kind, understanding and supportive. Of course, the same women have called me strange. I'm sure they meant it affectionately.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 20, 2005 1:23 AM

Not complex, complicated. Like a mass of tangled wires.

Posted by: Chris at March 20, 2005 2:14 AM

ghost:

There lurks, perhaps, in every human heart, a desire of distinction, which inclines every man to hope, and then to believe, that nature has given himself something peculiar to himself.
-Samuel Johnson

Posted by: oj at March 20, 2005 8:37 AM

Well done, OJ. We are all of the same flock. But some of us are of another color, and some of us have felt the wolf's hot and hungry breath.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 20, 2005 12:19 PM
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