Well, I have been thinking of posting this for a very long time. I am not too sure that I will do a good job, but let me try to. Firstly, a disclaimer - I am not against women and their views in any way. Aaargh, but why try explain that here - this post is all going to be about this idea only.
Men - generalise. About women, that is. Or that is what women have told me. And I have to accept. I have noticed instances where men generalise in situations and to tell you the truth, I do too. But I don' t think it a sin that we men generalise. About women that is...
When men generalise, we usually end up by saying that "Women are like that". Yes, we do and I know that many other men do so. Hehe, maybe even some women say that. But that is not important. What I want to say is that we generalise about women. Why? - cause we think thats how they are. Not all of them, but most of them. But that is the point right - it is the majority who act that way, so we generalise. I cannot give a technical explanation of generalise. If interested, please try Wikipedia.
So we go ahead and generalise and say that women are emotional, hi-strung and loads of the other stuff that jokes of this kind are made of. There's so much more, but that is the stuff that jokes are made of. None of us actually say that.
Well, when we, in the course of some conversation, say that " You women are all the same", we would be received with weird stares and sometimes, they even ask us how we can say something like that. Rarely, a heated argument ensues. I have had such an argument with a girl I knew well. I escaped with my eyes intact.
Ok, fine. But then, I get some emails on my office inbox. Spam to be exact, or mindless stuff that people in their right minds will not forward. But well, thats for another day. So I read it and it is actually for once, pretty good jokes. But these are jokes about men. And they are good ones. But the recurring theme in these jokes is that men are generalised. But then, we accept that we are like that. We do like to curl up on the couch with a cold beer and chips, watching a game all night. We do not ask for directions. I don't for one. But we accept our traits.
This is where we differ from women. They will never accept their similar traits. They say, don't generalise. But I say, why - you are after all like that. There's nothing wrong in it. But how is it that we cannot generalise, but they can. We have been the butt of countless jokes involving cars, directions, toilet-seats, football, TV, couches etc. So when I can accept my "faults" or what nature has given me, why not accept yours. We are the same, yet different. You generalise, we also generalise. We accept, but why cannot you??
I mean, having talked to some women about this, even the more liberal minded ones, they still do not accept. I really cannot understand. Is there someone out there who can explain??