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Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Rules

A few years ago, I bought a hilarious wall hanging purporting to explain the difference between males and females. When I showed it to my aunt, she was not amused. She guesses it was written by an extraordinarily bitter male. Do you agree?

The FEMALE always makes The Rules.
The Rules are subject to change at any time without prior notification.
No MALE can possibly know all The Rules.
If the FEMALE suspects the MALE knows all The Rules, she must immediately change some or all The Rules.
The FEMALE is never wrong.
If the FEMALE is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding which was the direct result of something the MALE did or said wrong.
The MALE must apologize immediately for said misunderstanding.
The FEMALE may change her mind at any time.
The MALE must remain calm at all times unless the FEMALE wants him to be angry and/or upset.
The FEMALE must under no circumstances let the MALE know whether or not she wants him to be angry and/or upset.
The MALE is expected to mind read at all times.
The FEMALE is ready when she is ready.
The MALE must be ready at all times.

Any attempt to document The Rules could result in bodily harm.


  • At 4/28/2005 02:28:00 p.m., Anonymous Rachel Ann said…

    I think it is funny; and I'm a bit of a feminist, whatever that means--Perhaps your Aunt just took it with more seriousness than it was meant.
    Besides, aren't men always wrong?

  • At 4/28/2005 05:08:00 p.m., Blogger Julaybib said…


    Okay, I'm gonna get intellectual here (uhum!)...

    Although I haven't read it, Simon Baron-Cohen - a psychologist who is an expert on autism - has proposed a gender-difference theory (not another!) drawn from the observation made by Hans Asperger (who first identified a high function autism called Asperger Syndrome) that people with Asperger Syndrome present a form of 'extreme maleness'.

    So I guess the thesis, knowing what I know about SBC, is that women can 'mind read' better than men. In other words, they are better at reading the social intentions behind what people say. People with autism have a problem with this to extreme, and take people at their word or even literally.

    So maybe this poster is saying something about this phenonema. Or perhaps, if you believe Bob Connell, it's all nonsense and gender differences are cultural.

    Allah alone knows!



  • At 4/28/2005 09:09:00 p.m., Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said…


    It's so true. We don't get you lot. Us males are dead simple to work out.

    Yakoub - is Simon any relation to Sasha Baron-Cohen (of Ali G fame?)


  • At 4/29/2005 12:25:00 a.m., Blogger Fej said…

    I don't think it's worth even trying to break this one down, we(males) are always wrong, and even when we are right, we are still wrong.

    Strangely, I'm okay with this too.

  • At 4/30/2005 09:42:00 a.m., Blogger ephphatha said…

    It has to be more than a coincidence that so many men can relate to these things.

  • At 5/01/2005 04:57:00 a.m., Blogger Lyvvie said…

    I think it's funny. It turns relationships into a sport. the one's who can't keep up, get dumped. The ones that can keep up, we marry.

    Then we're all in trouble.


  • At 5/01/2005 10:51:00 p.m., Blogger Hasan the Not-So-Great said…

    haha...this reminds me of this one joke. here goes: (bear with me)
    One day this little kid argued with his father so his father said to his kid, "Hey, you have to listen to me. I'm the boss of the house cause your mother said so"

    also i would like to admit, you girls are clearly just more clever and smarter than us guys

  • At 5/11/2005 11:24:00 p.m., Anonymous Safiyyah said…

    i reckon there should be more of this kind of stuff.... sorry boys...but girls are the better sex! and we're becoming more dominating than the guys!
    About time!!! lol

  • At 5/12/2005 02:01:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    What a surprise to see another Safiyyah! Just to clarify for my readers: "Saffu" above isn't the Safiyyah of SAFspace.
    Saffu, would you mind using your nickname to avoid confusion? Thanks. :-)


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