Lust: Really Interested
Prof. Reynolds posts comments about a very interesting sounding book. The quoted section really pulls me in.
As a NSM (Nice Safe Man), I echo the feelings that women "attacked, judged, [and are] on the defensive" when meeting me, even when I am with my wife. This is especially true when meeting women in the workplace.
I do not share the same experiences that other men give the "presumption of innocence -- that is, you're a good guy until you prove otherwise". Men seem less defensive and judging, but I would not go so far as to say that we presume "good guy status" in other men. I would say that there is more "how can I beat this guy" than "acceptance", but maybe that is just me.
I remember a Eddie Murphy Era SNL bit where he became "white" with hilarious results. That was clearly played for laughs, this seems more serious and interesting but could also make for the same sort of laughs, if not riveting reading.
In any case, it is very interesting to see this experiment happen. Could it be that the battle of the sexes is mostly fought by women? Maybe men are just oblivious, I don't know. I know there are some female readers, please comment on this idea.
Update: Dr. Helen has a bit more on the book and the blogosphere's reaction. She also has a post on a related topic that all men may not be pigs after all. Who would have thought...
One piece of her advice is going to be hard to follow for most men:
Do not go along with everything a woman says in order to get sexWhile we are not ALL pigs, well you see where I am going with this...