RARA-AVIS: Re: Gruesome JDM passage

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 16 Sep 2002

Well, it's a nasty enough conclusion, but I don't know about gruesome. And I wonder, really, if part of its offensiveness is simply that women are the target of its fury. If you buy the premise, doesn't it really, in all honesty, apply as well to men?

Most women don't want a man who's slept with more than X number of women either. It could just as easily read:

...once he reaches his own number, once X pairs of hungry hands have been clamped tightly around his shoulders, he suffers a sea change wherein his juices alter from honey to acid, his passion simply becomes mechanics satisfying a mere biological itch, his eyes change to glass, his heart becomes a stone, and his mouth a windy cave from whence, with each monstrous gasping, comes a tiny stink of death.

Maybe it's not so much an indictment of women, but of the hedonistic lifestyle that McGee both championed and disdained.


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