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March 05, 2006

Men and our opinion of them

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Although the above blog entry is by no means directly related to my following post, it was the presence of a few particular comments on it that stimulated me to actually blog my thoughts on this matter…

I have gleaned the opinion, from several recent conversations and blog comments, that there really are a lot of women out there who think that almost all men are bastards, or at least that most don't have honourable intentions with regards to female friends or acquaintances. This, to me, seems odd and not a little disappointing.

Don't get me wrong: I've had my fair share of ill-treatment at the hands of men. But never at any point did I think that they were all like that. Far from it: my current relationship is perfect proof of that (for my man is wonderful). I also have some fantastic close friends who are male.

So why do some women jump to these, in my opinion, unfair conclusions?

  • Could it be a result of each woman being attracted to certain types of men? Do women tend to go out with similar men, who act in similar ways towards them, and thus cause them to develop a skewed view of the male population?

  • Is it really possible to have a genuine friendship with someone of the opposite sex, without either party wanting, at least in private, something more?

  • Is it a method of defense? If you assume that someone will treat you badly, as least if they do you'll be prepared for it.

  • Is it a by-product of the feminist movement that we are not only encouraged to support womens' rights but also to criticise men more than they deserve?

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