on men and brains


Someone tell me how H. L Mencken got away with such all gloves off war on men? Writing about intuition, he finishes that chapter by writing

Men, too, sometimes have brains. But that is a rare,rare man, I venture, who is as steadily intelligent, as constantly sound in judgement, as little put off by appearances as the average women of forty-eight.

H. L Mencken in his book In defense of women

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

30 thoughts on “on men and brains

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    I don’t recall, didn’t he originally write a column for a newspaper?

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  2. Sonel says:

    I have no words. 😆

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  3. Because he was a man?

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  4. Aquileana says:

    Oh Schopenhauer would have hated that excerpt 🙂
    All the best to you. Happy weekend ahead! Aquileana 😀

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  5. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Another blanket generalization that dismisses half the human species. Thanks, O Sanctified One! 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      I don’t know, but I almost agree with him. There are brainless men everywhere you go

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      • aguywithoutboxers says:

        Absolutely! And brainless women, too! I don’t think one gender has the top prize over the other! 🙂

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I was just on FaceBook with Hope – you surely remember her from TA – She’s Saudi Arabian by nationality, but born and raised in the US, but moved back to Saudi after marrying what I can only assume is a reasonably liberal thinker. She was online with some Arabic idiot who was maintaining that strong women who want to do such ridiculous things as drive cars, have an overabundance of testosterone!

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        • makagutu says:

          I remember her.
          There was a video of a charlatan from Saudi who said their women should import female drivers from other countries and so nothing wrong with it at all

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Yes, I saw that – the lady newscaster cracked up.

            So by his reasoning, females from other countries are perfectly good drivers, to be trusted with the lives of his country’s women, but his country’s women themselves don’t have the brains to drive. Obviously he has a low opinion of his own country’s women, but the real fault, it would seem (though I’m sure he can’t see it), is their men’s inability to be effective driving instructors.

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            And his reasoning was, I recall, that if women started driving, instead of having a male drive for them, they would be vulnerable to rape if their car broke down, but she countered that the male driver was just as capable of raping them as anyone else, and that’s when he countered with the idea of importing women drivers from other countries. But he fails to see the fallacy – what’s to prevent the women drivers from being raped if the car breaks down? Wouldn’t it be simpler to teach their men not to rape, than to prevent 50% of their population from driving?

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          • makagutu says:

            Idiots all of them

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          • makagutu says:

            Hahaha, his justification that their women will be treated as queens. If they want to some place, all they need is to shout driver and one shows up

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Oh yes, queens covered by burqas —

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          • makagutu says:

            How some people rearrange their prejudices baffles me

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  6. Curious fellow this guy. Gonna read more on him over the weekend.

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