Friday, March 14, 2008
Too Many Boxes!
A long time ago I saw a woman interviewed on TV, I can't recall her name, but she had a fair degree of fame, and was a leading feminist in her time.
But I sure remember the following exchange of dialogue, recalled as best I can:
"Looking back on your life what do you regret most?"
"I regret not being born a man."
Interviewer (male) completely shocked.
"Why on earth with all your accomplishments as a woman would you say that?"
"Well, us women you see always carry around in our heads far too many open boxes. At any one time we can have 8,9,10 boxes open. The what's for dinner box, the oh I need to do laundry box, the why was he in such a bad mood when he left for work this morning box, the why isn't Kimmy doing well at school box, the what is the deadline for this project I'm working on box, the Mum is getting older and forgetful box. You get the picture? Now a man only has one box open at a time. A much better way of living. When he's at work, that's it. He has the work box open. At my age, I'm completely exhausted from having so many boxes open all the time".
I could so relate to her at the time I saw this, being a working single mom then and envying the men I worked with who seemed to deal with life a lot better than I did. Who were far more focussed.
It was one of those moments that explained the wiring of women's and men's brains so well.
I imagine it must be based on our primitive past. The men focussed on the hunt, the women on the cooking, children, clothing, firemaking, wall decor for the cave, etc.
This post was inspired by the above cartoon, why I don't know. Maybe because my boxes are overflowing at times and I'm losing my nouns :>)
I did a web search on this phenomenon of too many boxes and nothing came to light.
I'll be very interested in the comments.