Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Merriam Websters Word of the Year
Merriam-Webster Dictionary's "Word of the Year. "
Do you know what the word is? I will give you a clue. It is not covfefe. That is not a word, just a lazy tweet. Another clue is that it starts with an "F." It is not a swear word.
Before I reveal this important word, I want to discuss a conversation my husband and I had on the recent reveal of all the men in power that have sexually assaulted, molested and/or scare-threatened women while the men were running businesses, making movies, drafting legislation, running cooking shows, managing restaurants, attending military shows, etc. We were talking about why men in power do this? (The real question is why are there more men than women in power, but this post is not about that.)
My husband seemed to think it was a deep biological need. There is a biological programming for males to extend their gene pool for survival. I claimed it had to do with a hatred and sometimes fear of women and a need to reassure that oneself was still in power.
Now that I have dwelled on it, I think we are both right. Have you ever had the opportunity to watch an elk herd get organized in late fall? I have. The younger females drift over to the better looking younger elk males and give each other the tentative eye. This lasts about 10 minutes and then the major elk, the older one with the big shoulders and rack and bigger, well you know, comes around and paws the ground and demands the females get back in their place with serious threats. He will run off the younger elk and then strut his stuff and herd his harem roughly to the other side of the meadow.
There is a deep biological need to continue one's gene line. Male lions rape and kill for sexual reproduction and otters attack females for the same. This is found throughout the animal kingdom.
But humans are sentient, living an intelligent and civilized life; and hopefully, we have moved beyond those physical power plays and forcing themselves on others, at least most people have. So those who molest are throwbacks to an earlier time. They have failed to evolve, or they have a deep-seated mental illness.
For those males who bemoan today going to the holiday parties worrying about how to behave, I have little sympathy. Treat each woman as if she was your mother or sister or daughter and you will do just fine. If you feel you need to hug someone, ask them first! If you are under the mistletoe, act embarrassed and walk away. If you drink too much call a cab and go home. NEVER tell off-color jokes, ever! Compliment a woman on her dress only if you regularly compliment a guy on his tie.
I am not sympathetic to these creeps as I have been a woman always ducking that snake at the holiday party, always looking over my shoulder when alone at night, always dreading the boss who told dirty jokes, feeling belittled when denigrated by gender at a meeting. I managed that for years, so now men can manage the other better type of behavior!
Oh, the word --- feminist.