Well, THAT got your attention, didn't it? Friday afternoon, so may as well be random: I used to be ignorant enough to think that certain behavior had to do with religious and moral upbringing, rather than current culture. I always thought it was pretty stupid to have those old Victorian rules about men talking with men and women talking with women... yet as I've aged, I have realized that upbringing doesn't necessarily have that much to do with it. I'm not really a misogynist, but my opinion of female behavior has decreased to a far degree greater than than that towards male behavior. My mother raised me with the false impression that all women were saints, truth-tellers, and unfairly suppressed, so my un-learning of Leftist dogma is part of this decrease. When I went to university I was stunned by how poorly I did in the dating scene - a continuation of my bad track record in high school - since I wasn't interested in "hook up" culture but in something meaningful. The trite saying of "nice guys finish last" simply didn't explain the way that while many girls/women would make a hard play for me, all would treat me like something to be scraped off their shoes once they felt they had my attention. My wife explained to me the psychological version of 'the birds and the bees' and it stunned me - not only that my own mother was either so delusional or such a liar, but that women went through life in this psychotic fashion. A recent essay caught my eye (I can't open the link at work any longer due to filtering) which sums up the issue well - basically men who behave decently to women get treated like shyte, where men who treat women like shyte have to use a razor scraper to get the girls away. The article's claim is that this is instinctual behavior, processed through the filter of modern society. I think the article is worth consideration, but there's more. I recall a couple of years back being at a party with my wife, and talking freely to a British woman (I forget if she was a divorcee). I didn't much like her, and dropped a couple of comments which would have made it clear that I was sneering at her, if she had been listening - yet I learned from my wife that she and all the other 'frenemies' insisted that I had been flirting heavily rather than dissing. In like fashion, a married father of one of my boy's martial-arts classmates is the sort of fugly lowbrow self-absorbed road-worker jackass straight out of a New York movie stereotype casting call, yet a very good looking, highly intelligent and educated Indian woman whose son is friends with mine ensures that she sits close enough for him to lick her jeans. So looking back, I have realized that what I considered a diseased mentality - not just in Indiana with Techno's population (which in fairness he dislikes) but everywhere I've lived - is apparently the norm and it is I who am anomalous. Is it perverted of me to think that talking to someone of the opposite sex is NOT an attempt to maneuver them into sex? Why is that the immediate assumption on so many people's mind? Are we really such an immature species that we accept Bernie Sanders' claims as reasonable? Or is it that our society has devolved either due to or simultaneously with the so-called sexual revolution, to the point that we over-sexualize every aspect of our interactions?