Hannah and Papa J

Hannah and Papa J

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Should women be allowed to drink?

Dear Hannah,

In an age of social liberalism you can expect to see many stupid things become legal. One thing that hasn't become legal and that almost nobody has considered legalizing is childhood drinking.  And the reason nobody has really suggested it is obvious: because each and every one of us knows that children are idiots.

You never really know what children will do when they're sober, so you're almost afraid to ask what they'll do when they're drinking. The majority of us can barely keep our children from licking vacuum cleaners clean and falling off of tall objects; and we know, at the back of our brains, that were we to give them the right to wander into bars with even their most responsible friends, we'd end up cleaning vomit off the walls and watching them ride their tricycles into trees. The plain fact is we all know this, and our knowing this is our best and biggest argument against childhood drinking -- that they're much more likely to do terrible things than their parents. Which is why we distinguish them from adults in the first place.

An adult is much different.  Give him a bottle and watch him go wild, and instead of grabbing him by the ear and dragging him to his parents, you tie up his hands and you throw him in jail.  In fact the grown man is distinguished by the idea that even in his irresponsibility he's held responsible; that whether he does something stupid while sober or sloshed, he can always be called to account for his behavior.  If he gets into a car while he's trashed we take away his license.  If he goes to his job while he's wasted we send him to the soup kitchen.  The one thing we've always said to the man who ruins our happiness at happy hour is that he shouldn't be drinking at all -- which is why we have a special term for the man who nobody wants to see drinking.  We call him an alcoholic and we send him to meetings.

Which brings us to Budweiser.  Now, anyone who really enjoys beer knows that Budweiser is a shitty beer; but what it shares in common with all the other beers is that it's good at helping us do terrible things.  This is why Budweiser, instead of going the insincere but "moral" route of all the other liquor manufacturers, and telling us to drink responsibly, is giving us what we really wanted by telling us to drink a little more purposely -- to turn that grown-up no into a childhood yes. A yes which could have meant anything, but was widely interpreted by feminists as rape.

It may be that by yes Budweiser really meant yes to sex instead of yes to dancing and singing and skinny dipping.  But way more important than any generality of activity, we find in Budweiser's commercial a generality of gender.  And we note that if Budweiser said yes, everyone assumes they said yes to anything for Tricia, but that Budweiser could have just as likely meant yes to anything for Tommy. 

This to me sums up why men have beaten the feminists: that nobody ever worries about a drunken man taking off his pants for an ugly coworker.  You might even say that after all the talk about equality in intelligence and responsibility and moral fortitude, Budweiser proved the man is the only one left standing -- even if he's reeling.  Nearly everyone who's played the field has made some horrible mistake.  Nearly every one of us libertines, when trashed, has let someone into our beds when we otherwise wouldn't have. But the man is the only one who's capable of meaning yes when he says it, while women claim we can never trust a woman to make a decent wasted decision.  Yesterday consent was consent and a choice was a choice and a yes meant a yes.  Today a woman's consent is questionable, because we have questioned whether women are even capable of giving it.  Which is why we ought to reconsider whether women should be drinking in the first place.

I don't believe women are stupid, but in complaining about the Budweiser commercial they've confessed the one thing they never should have confessed if they wanted us to take feminism seriously.  And that is there's a really obvious difference between what a woman wants to think about herself and the way she actually does think about herself. On the one hand she wants to think of herself as equal or superior to a man.  On the other she knows she needs special protection because she feels in many ways inferior to him.  The former position comes from her pride.  The latter position comes from her brains.

Generally speaking, all non-offending citizens ought to have our protection; but women know they're especially worthy of it.  Set up by nature for reception, the female's characteristics are designed for attraction: her slighter frame, her softer voice, her more voluptuous curves all mesh into a picture of someone capable of responsibility, but a responsibility of a woman's nature.   To put it simply she has to be wary.  Unlike the man, whose frame sets him up as the aggressor, the depositor, the defender, the adventurer and the hard laborer, we find her better disposed to welcoming, to nurturing, and to the manipulation of feelings; and we call her attractive because her powers lie in attraction.  And someone who's physically weaker and at the same time totally desirable brings us to one obvious conclusion: that she has to be defended, like a precious resource and a household goddess, against any man who wants to rape her.  Every blow to her resistance is an insult to her dignity; and despite all the talking about woman's intelligence, we find that women really cherish something more than their brains, and that something is their supremacy in the matter of sexual selection.

So if someone were to ask me if women are stupid, I would say no -- and I would say no because whatever insane things women have been telling us, they're smart enough to have their booze and drink it too.  They've bullied men into admitting they're equal white getting the benefits of dependents; and they're intelligent because they know that men are stupid -- and that we're most stupid of all when we're dealing with women. The question, then, is whether men are going to begin asking uncomfortable questions.  The first question will be whether women should be drinking without parental supervision if rape charges can ruin a man's life, and women are incapable of controlling who gets into their pants.  The second will be whether a person incapable of managing the most important aspects of her personal life will be capable of voting for the public good.

But there's another way of going about this whole mess. We could say that women are smart enough to do things, and that they should know what every sensible man from the Bronze Age Jew to Benjamin Franklin could tell you: that drunkenness is bad not only for your mental, physical, and spiritual health, but also for your judgment.  And we add that if drunkenness is bad for men, the differences between the sexes make it especially bad for women; and that because we love women, we encourage them to enjoy drinking -- but strongly advise them to keep from drunkenness.

Your father,
-J

2 comments:

  1. You sound like a less eloquent Rousseau, but you're getting there, friend. I look forward to your next bold crusade against the feminazi threat to the state of nature.

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