Sunday, May 29, 2005

Dating terminology

Once again a post on Halley Suitt's blog provides an opportunity for insightful social comment by Mr. Gutman.

First, we refer the reader to the Oscar-winning movie, When Harry Met Sally. In a dialog between college-aged Harry and college-aged Sally:

Harry Burns: You realize of course that we could never be friends.

Sally Albright: Why not?

Harry Burns: What I'm saying is - and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form - is that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.

Sally Albright: That's not true. I have a number of men friends and there is no sex involved.

Harry Burns: No you don't.

Sally Albright: Yes I do.

Harry Burns: No you don't.

Sally Albright: Yes I do.

Harry Burns: You only think you do.

Sally Albright: You say I'm having sex with these men without my knowledge?

Harry Burns: No, what I'm saying is they all want to have sex with you.

Sally Albright: They do not.

Harry Burns: Do too.

Sally Albright: They do not.

Harry Burns: Do too.

Sally Albright: How do you know?

Harry Burns: Because no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.

Sally Albright: So, you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive?

Harry Burns: No. You pretty much want to nail 'em too.


Now Ms. Suitt quotes someone saying something similar to what Harry Burns is saying:
"When a girl says she's dating a guy that means they're having sex. When she says a guy can get a date that means he can get laid. When a guy is having sex with a girl he'll say he's having sex with the girl. When he says he's dating her that means he wants to have sex but hasn't gotten any yet."

If you think about it, it's fairly obvious that the person she is quoting is a man.

Yours truly,

Mr. Gutman

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Halley Suitt's politically incorrect post

Let me offer an alternate explanation to the comments that appeared on her blog.

Halley is a middle-aged single mom, who lives in an affluent suburb but isn't very well off financially herself. She saw some of the local moms with their kids, driving nice cars, and had a grass-is-greener feeling that so many of us have.

So she looked for something she has that they don't have to try to bolster her self-esteem which was sagging. Instead of calling up a girlfriend and boasting about her butt, and how much better she is in bed than those old bitches at the supermarket, which would have been much safer, she remembered that she wanted to be more frank with her readers, so she quickly posted something and included a some politically incorrect things. She probably wishes now she had edited them out, but she didn't.

What is she guilty of? Being human and sharing too much of her thinking to be safe. Maybe her friends will forgive her, they probably will, but also maybe next time she decides to blast someone just because they showed a little vulnerability, maybe she'll think twice before she pulls the trigger, so maybe there's a silver lining to this cloud.

Yours truly,

Mr. Gutman