Reading Between The Lines

Somebody on Twitter trawled through adverts for housemates in the Washington Post and noticed several of them required potential applicants to pass a political test:

I found something profoundly depressing about that advert. Here we have a group of women, most likely with degrees from high-ranking universities, probably all of them right-on feminists and as politically correct as they come, and no doubt enjoying promising careers in the capital. On the surface their lives sound like fun, but the manner in which they go out of their way to say – in an advert – what a fun bunch of gals they are makes me pause. It’s almost like they are trying too hard, as if they think they’re the women from Sex and the City, or something. Note the admission of drinking quantity rather than quality, and singing badly. Oh, the larks!

I’m going to be cruel here and take a stab at the real situation. Here you have three or four absolute bitches, all of whom are backstabbing and scheming their way to senior management positions overseeing process-driven functions in pointless organisations that are solely dependent on government largesse. If they don’t already, each will fit the description of “power skirt” in a few years and will introduce policies which ultimately cost their employers a lot of money and get awards for doing so. They’ll all be middle or upper class but will think they are down wiv the masses because they voted for Hillary, and will never have met a Trump supporter in their lives save for the well-built, handsome lawyer one of them fucked one Friday night after a drunken cocktail party. She thought he was very arrogant and “it could never have worked” but she didn’t shut up about him for the next three months.

They are earning good money but the prices in DC mean they have to houseshare, which none of them will actually like but they are pretending to. As soon as they can afford it they’ll move out and rent an overpriced hovel where they’ll live alone. And that is likely how they’ll stay for their entire lives, unless you include the cats they’ll purchase for company when they pass forty. For my guess is right now they are “concentrating on their careers” and in the few hours they’re not working they are engaging in pointless political posturing (e.g. by joining the seemingly endless stream of protest marches that take place in their city), getting drunk, and generally behaving in a way that will put off any half-decent man of husband material. As I said here, most men settle down with the woman they will eventually marry in their late twenties, usually with women a couple of years younger than they are, i.e. in their mid-twenties. Any woman who thinks she’s going to start looking for decent husband material in her thirties is in for a rather rude awakening as she discovers almost all of it has been taken already by women who got their priorities straight early on.

I’d bet that none of the women referred to in that advert has a steady boyfriend that they’ll still be with in five years time, and right now they believe they can have it all: the career, the social life, and – later – the rich husband and the family. Or maybe not: perhaps I’m completely wrong about all of this.

But what I would do if I were thinking of renting that spare room is to find out why it is suddenly available, get in touch with the person that vacated it, and ask them what it was like living in that household. Take a notepad, because I reckon there would be enough material for an entire book.

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11 thoughts on “Reading Between The Lines

  1. Math being what it is, and a couple requiring one male and one female (let’s not complicate it), women who defer settling down are implicitly deciding to wait for ‘first generation husbands’ to get divorced. There are two problems with this. Firstly, men in the same generation as the women in question, are not likely to wish to marry ‘first generation wives’; men prefer younger women. Having lots of frustrated and miserable men around, who possibly might be Trump voters, is not fantastic for society. The divorced first generation wives are less of an issue – cats are the winners here. So women are divided by age, men by quality. Secondly, even if by waiting long enough women find a partner (many years their senior) whom they find acceptable, many women will by then not be able to bear children.

    Ultimately I think this situation will be resolved by technological developments staving off the decline in fertility that occurs from the early thirties.

    A couple of more points.

    I would observe that the above problem is mainly a middle class problem so I don’t foresee a collapse in our population.

    Not all or even most of the women that have waited too late, are as fundamentally unappealing as the women who wrote the advert make themselves out to be.

  2. LPT,

    Good points, all.

    I would observe that the above problem is mainly a middle class problem so I don’t foresee a collapse in our population.

    I agree.

    Not all or even most of the women that have waited too late, are as fundamentally unappealing as the women who wrote the advert make themselves out to be.

    Absolutely.

  3. “So women are divided by age, men by quality.”

    Absolutely and the males have won out over females in the sexual lottery in several other ways.

    Not only do we remain fertile for most of our adult life, from a female’s viewpoint the quality in a male is not based on physical attractiveness, that is why good looking fertile women are happy to settle down with less attractive but wealthier older men. And why are women biased towards resources and worldly wherewithal in partner section? because their foremost need is a mate that can provide for them.

    https://books.google.com.au/books?id=6a0qAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=psychology+why+women+prefer+older+men&source=bl&ots=y7TYlU-x1q&sig=acFoNYB01AJlL2jGokVjaUmqA3w&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vMU-Vf3zOtOmyASngYGgDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=psychology%20why%20women%20prefer%20older%20men&f=false

  4. I was struck there was no mention of ‘Smokers’. I assume that those young ladies (look, you may disagree but I was brought up to consider all women ‘ladies’ until they proved otherwise) all enjoy a glamorous, but of course Fair Trade, hand made cigarette (no doubt discovered in the *darlingest* little tobacconistas in the Dordogne or in Chile whilst working with handicapped Indio children of abused single lesbian mothers with disabilities) with their cheapo vino plonko ?
    And since when did Big Tobacco cease to be Public Enemy 1 ?

    Probably the sort of women (ok I was kidding about the ‘ladies’) who campaign tirelessly against FGM but couldn’t imagine sleeping with a man who “looked like a sharpei” (a quote from the only episode of SITC I managed to survive sitting through).

  5. Tim, you’ve no doubt considered it long since and rejected the idea but may I suggest you allow/install a ‘notify me of future comments by email’ or ‘subscribe’ button?
    Some of your commentators, actually most of them, seem to have a lot of interesting and even erudite things to say (for example John Square made an interesting point about Sark/EU shipping regs today that I might have missed but for chance).

  6. Some of your commentators, actually most of them, seem to have a lot of interesting and even erudite things to say

    They do, don’t they?

    Tim, you’ve no doubt considered it long since and rejected the idea but may I suggest you allow/install a ‘notify me of future comments by email’ or ‘subscribe’ button?

    Nope, never considered it. But now I have and installed one.

  7. “…total quality dramas like unREAL” is another dead giveaway. Every single female character on that show makes the entire cast of Game of Thrones look like saints. I personally find it fascinating as a look inside reality TV show production and the rather disturbed psyche of Marti Noxon, but I can only take it in small doses.

  8. Their little joke about world saving jobs is dead on real to them. That’s how they think of themselves no doubt. Who the hell wants to be around someone who is filled with such self-importance? My bet: their mid-life crisis is going to hit early and hard. They’re going to find out they’re not saving the world they are just tiny cogs in a vast useless machine, and will be replaced with the next batch of 20 somethings bent on the same thing.

    The cats will be the high point.

  9. total quality dramas like unREAL” is another dead giveaway.

    Alas, I’d never heard of it!

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