Owen Strachan’s reflections on the spirit of the age are spot-on. Here’s a clip:
“I cannot imagine what it is like to be a single twenty- or thirty-something woman in the broader culture today.Â It must be a ghastly experience.Â Following feminist tenets, you’ve worked your way to a fantastic job in an ultra-urban setting.Â Because you’re responsible, you’ve been able not only to save money but to buy a nice apartment.Â You take care of yourself, eat good food, go to fun shows and movies, and generally live a glamorous lifestyle.Â There’s just one thing missing: a good man.
“While you were pushing your way to the top, he was floating through his twenties, leaving this job, taking another, never committing to anything.Â He spent copious amounts of time reading comic books, watching his favorite Judd Apatow movies, and whining about his lack of direction.Â He’s shluffy.Â He looks nothing like the man you used to look up to, the grandfather you adored, who wasn’t a perfect man but who did hard things, took care of his family, and would have looked at you speechless if you asked him how he found himself and his purpose in life.Â He’s sweet-hearted and cuddly, but something about that rubs you wrong.Â Aren’t you supposed to be the one who epitomizes those traits?
“Actually, this dude has a brother.Â This guy is a man, a mensch.Â He’s a power-broker, ambitious, handsome, devastating in conversation.Â Your knees go weak every time he talks to you.Â He has the bearing of a Greek philosopher-king and the confidence only a financial whiz can possess.Â He’s taken you on a few dates, and you were held in his thrall, but then he went weeks, even months, without calling you.Â You were confused, but you shrugged it off.Â Later you heard he proposed to a Chilean government strategist who modeled on the side.Â You sighed at the news, but moved on with your life.Â A year or two later you were surprisedâ€“though not shockedâ€“to find that he had compromised his marriage by a bender in Las Vegas.Â Turns out that the bender wasn’t isolary, eitherâ€“the guy had cheated on his wife ten times over.”
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