Respect

Did you follow the story this week about how Kanye West upstaged Taylor Swift as she was collecting her MTV award, and made a fool of himself in the process? Now, I happen to have have very strong feelings about excited men stealing a woman’s fifteen seconds of fame, as I have four older brothers who spent a good part of their lives fighting with each other for center stage. Big waste of time, if you ask me. Anyway, here is the one and only Ze Frank on respect and how it played out this past week:

Gifts men make

Dave Barry collects gifts “For the Naughty” (Washington Post, 30 November 2008) – gifts to end gift-giving – and writes:

But it is a fact that as the holiday season approaches, women are overpowered by the biological urge to buy bulk quantities of gifts, often without any clear idea whom a specific gift is for.
Men do not do this. A man buys a gift only when he sees a clear and present need, such as he remembers that his wedding anniversary was last week. Otherwise, when a man is in a store, he is looking for practical items.
(…) If he buys something for somebody — his wife, for example — it is going to be something he believes she actually needs, such as an extension cord. Maybe, if he is feeling especially romantic, he will get her the 20-footer.

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