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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Affairs of the....Something?

After now reading the entirety of that New York Magazine story on male infidelity [see link in previous post], I'm reminded of two things, one of which works to the authors thesis, one that works against.

1. I think I read somewhere a quote by Chuck Klosterman stating that the biggest difference bewteen male and female views on sexuality can be summed up as such: Say you, as a man, live in an apartment building. As you pick up your mail in the lobby one day you bump into your attractive neighbour who, after pausing uncomfortably, makes a bizarre request.

She would like you to watch her masturbate.

Say this young lady has a predisposition to being watched while she masturbates. She doesn't need or want you to do anything, she just wants you to go up to her apartment and stand there.

And say you do. You go up, stand in the bedroom doorway, watch her do her business, likey get aroused but you stay fully clothed, you never touch her or yourself, and when she finishes up and says thanks, you go home and start making dinner.

Men, the argument goes, will not view such an encounter as cheating. Women....would think otherwise. As a man who's watched marriages threatened by a strip club bachelor party, I'm inclined to agree with such an assessment.

2. I'm also inclined to agree with the commenter on the article who quoted Stephen Colbert: "Is there a chance that this is just a sophisticated rationale for being a complete asshole?"

Reading the piece, for all its wannabe scientific evidence that philandering is required for male sanity, it really just seems like the author is clamoring for an excuse to mess around, despite his apparent love and devotion to his wife.

Complicated times we live in, Windsor.

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