“Why women should not run” and “Men are scum!”
Friday, May 03, 2013
These two titles really have nothing in common except both mention gender and both were written by men.
It’s important to read beyond an attention getting headline. I’ve written several times about that.
The warning about women running has appeared in the press recently and has been a “hot topic” on the SP message board.
Suppose the first author had written:
Nutrition is the #1 consideration in losing weight and being healthy or
Include cross training in your running plan or
Don’t neglect strength training
He wouldn’t have gotten the publicity he wanted. In the end it turns out to be a sales pitch so the title served its purpose – more eyes on his website/blog
Regarding the provocative pronouncement about men in general, that was a common quote in articles by satirist Dave Barry and in context it was quite funny.
Obviously, Dave Barry doesn’t believe that and neither do I. However, it served an attention getting purpose for me too.
That’s the advice I gave my daughters, who also read Dave Barry, as they went off on their own.
Of course, I added an explanation. Statistically, throughout history most of the violence has been done by men against women. So be careful to really know the man you’re interested in before becoming too involved. Keep your eyes open for signs and don’t be a victim who laments afterwards “I didn’t know he was like that.”
In the interest of fairness when my son went out on his own, I told him “don’t be scum.” He read Dave Barry too.
Obviously all men are not “scum,” but some are. Some women may be in that category also, but they usually get tagged with a different epithet.