Saturday, May 22, 2004

Beaut blokes

Last year a Beaut Blokes weekend was held in the Victorian country town of Harrow. The idea was to introduce city women to country men. The weekend seems to have been a success, with the first engagement having just been announced.

The lucky farmer explained the engagement as follows,

Mr Featherstone said Ms Marsden gave him the brush off on their first encounter, telling him not to call unless he had a problem. Days later when he had mustered enough courage to call, she wanted to know why he took so long. Wasn't he concerned about whether she had got home all right? That's when Mr Featherstone says he knew that she was "the one".

So, the man is asked not to call. He does so anyway and is asked by the woman why he didn't call sooner. Instead of feeling agrieved by the contradictory demands, he realises that "she's the one". Why? The answer, I think, is that the women has, in her own way, sought his masculine protection (why didn't you check to see if I was safe?), and he has instinctively responded.

At any rate, this is yet another example of how men and women interact differently in relationships. It would be hard to make much sense of the above behaviour if you held to the liberal view that men and women are the same.

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