Sunday, October 07, 2007

Kate Mulvey Might Want To Rethink Things

December 2012 Preface: For whatever reason, this post is getting lots of traffic again. It was originally titled, "Kate Mulvey is a Clueless Idiot," but that was way too hard on Ms. Mulvey. Whatever her faults, she doesn't need some stranger's blog post being in the top 5 Google hits on her name calling her a clueless idiot. I'm leaving the rest of the post alone as it expresses, harshly, my feelings about modern society's views on relationships and I just don't have time to rewrite it. As for Kate, God loves her, who am I to disagree? I'm sorry for having provided something so brutal to her on the Internet for so long. Clearly, a rewrite of this post ought to be high on my list of things to do.

Preface: This post is getting a lot of hits. It was written emotionally. A slightly more considered version can be found here.

In today's Sunday Times, Kate Mulvey writes one of the most naive and ignorant articles of all time. What modern women want: a beta male, subtitled Men are surrendering in the sex war, taking on the supporting role rings true only for those people who have yet to experience life as a spouse and a parent.

Executive summary message to clueless Kate: Shut up about your career and show that you can do the job of wife and mother, you moron. Men and women are different, Katie. Their bodies are different, their brains are different, their thought processes are different. It's not a point to discuss in a coffeehouse while listening to Alanis Morisette, it's a biological fact. When it comes to relationships and raising a family, all of your feminist twaddle is simply an act of Herculean overthinking of a pretty simple proposition that was solved 6000 years ago by ancestors that had never even heard of Gloria Steinem.

Longer version: I'm a single dad to two children. I have them 50% of the time, but do 100% of the parenting. I go to all the athletic events, all the school nights, all the teacher conferences, do all the volunteer work at the schools and so forth. If you and I were dating, do you think I'd give a rat's ass about your career? The life most couples live prior to having children covers a tiny fraction of the duration of their relationship compared to the time they live together after having kids. What you did at your law firm (or wherever it is you spend all your time and energy) doesn't matter in the slightest. Your partner is going to need someone to help drive the kids to school, meet with the teachers, bring snacks to the soccer games, help catch the hamster when it goes behind the sofa, simultaneously hold a crying infant and clean poop off of every conceivable body surface, soothe and treat a child with a broken arm and clean Coke out of the VCR when it's been spilled. How about your qualifications as a wife? Any hint of how you'd be a matched partner to your man? No. All you have is a resume you'd give to an employer.

The fact that you delivered a blistering summary to conclude the Wilson case in court doesn't mean a thing.

Still longer version, complete with excerpts and my reactions:
Last week I went to dinner with an eligible doctor. As we were finishing the main course, I struck up conversation with the owner (Marco) in Italian – I speak five languages. My date nearly choked on his linguini and spent the rest of the date mute. I had committed the worst dating faux pas: I had outshone my suitor.
You hadn't outshone anything. Those qualifications are worthless.
Yet it would seem I am not the only woman who is wondering whether it is time to hang up her brain and turn into a Stepford Datee.
You twit, you already hung up your brain. You're a condescending jerk and don't even know it. You assume that your doctor date and the Swiss banker mentioned later in your article aren't making educated decisions to dump you based on experience. You think that all they want is a tight butt and an empty head. Let me give you the inside scoop. As much as I've dated, if you and I went out, I'd have your career obsession dialed in after about ten minutes. From there on out, I'd be trying to figure out how to end the date as fast as possible and get back home to watch reruns of Get Smart.
Should women pander to male insecurities?
How about if you simply showed that you could do the job of wife and mother? All through your article, you don't show a single qualification for the position. All you show is that you've got a great education and a career. Good for you, as in "you, singular." You have yet to prove that you have any comprehension of what it takes to juggle the three roles of professional, wife and mother. It looks to me that professional is going to come out on top since that's all you seem to care about. Well, screw that. You bet I'm going to run off with "a lovely Spanish girl who worked in (my) office." Professional is the role I care the least about.

Oh, forget it. I'm not going through the rest of her empty-headed yapping. She goes on to argue in favor of some kind of cringing, skillet-licking, pantywaist wiener as a husband. Go for it, girl. I can raise kids on my own, repair anything in the house, fix any car, coach sports, and defend my family with my life and some strong kung fu. I pull down a very good salary, have traveled extensively and have an excellent education, thank you very much. But the salary and the travel and the education are absolutely secondary to the real needs of the family. Once Kate figures that out, she might have better success dating. Until then, she can keep looking for some kind of bed wetter for a husband.

H/T: The Puppy Blender turned us on to this Hot Air post which led us to Katie's waste of breath.

Others weighing in on this include Riehl World View, Blogofascists and Classical Values.


M. Simon said...

Yeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaa!

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - Robert A. Heinlein

ligneus said...

Funny how simple truths are the hardest to grasp for those who think themselves smart and sophisticated.
And it seems to me that all these smart and sophisticated ideas come from the left, feminism, affirmative action and all the other looney intellectual ideas that are screwing up the west. Boy, they reap a terrible reward for their 'too clever by half-ness'.

K T Cat said...

I've been thinking about this all day and have come up with a half dozen more takes.

Take a look at who she's dating. The banker and the doctor. She wants the Ken doll, but doesn't want to be the Barbie doll. She wants the goods, but won't pay the price.

Sorry, dear, it doesn't work like that. If you wanted a deep and sophisticated man, try someone who isn't as obsessed with their career and has the time to do more than earn piles and piles of money.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

I tried dating dumb guys.

Not on purpose, just ended up that way.

Do you have any idea how BORING it is to be around someone who can't hold up their end of the conversation?

Perhaps she's just *rude*.

I know that I got to know The Elf Knight as a friend, first-- although I was notably attracted to his looks. ;^p

She doesn't seem to *want* to be a friend to any guys, so why on earth would they be interested in spending time with her long-term?

Kelly the dog said...

This should have been entitled what women think they want, because when the get it they throw it away more often than not.

Clark said...

Heh heh. Nice.

Health, family, friends, career. In that order. So says this single dad.

Rose said...

TOTALLY agree with you KT. Happily married, four kids later, it isn't for the shallow.

(We just got two hamsters, by the way - we are assured that they are both of one sex, guess we will see... had NO IDEA that the little guys would RUN ALL NIGHT LONG! LOL.

Cerisa said...

Your views are disgusting. Is this the POV of a woman? Ken Doll? or you know, she's dating men on her own social scale and hopefully level of intelligence, although she seems to have been disappointed there. I do think all human beings ought to have some basic skills; being able to cook, clean, earn a living, take care of yourself and make conversation.

Anonymous said...

Re: Kate Mulvey... I would like to add a comment... I was at school with Kate Mulvey as a teenager, roughly 30 years ago (!) and a couple of years ago my mum showed me a peice written by her in the Daily Mail, which was about having a facelift. The first thing to say is that she lied about her age, shaving 5 years off the truth, which instantly shows a lack of integrity. The second thing to say is that as a schoolgirl, Kate and her friends would go to Harrods and try to pick up rich men in order to be taken shopping by them, in return for sexual favours. Hmmm, there's a word for that, would somebody tell me what it is?
She has always been materialistic, vain and self-absorbed. Which is strange, because her parents were very nice and down-to-earth. Where did they go wrong?

K T Cat said...

Cerisa, I've just come down with a terrible headache. I don't think we'll be able to go out tonight. Be a dear and let yourself out, OK? And would you toss me the remote on your way to the door? The Padres game is on in about 5 minutes.

Anonymous said...

I really think it best if we tried to be a little less offensive. It is truthfull that we are indeed needed to be a machine nowadays, but K T Cat , if you are, and disregard what those who do not think like you say, then you just turn out a facist.

K T Cat said...

Anon, a fascist is someone who thinks you should be allowed to keep your private property, but only so long as you do what the State tells you to do with it. See also: Peron, Juan.