The Photo Every Man Fears

This was quite an interesting picture to put in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 


That is one mighty large scissors that lady is holding.  


Uh, she looks a little commando-ish with the jump suit, cap, and sunglasses. 


Is she ready for war or for punishing some bad men?  


I don’t believe there is a man out there that isn’t spooked by this lady.  


My *** hurts just looking at this. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Superhero Work Gloves

Just thought these were some really cool work gloves. 


“Ironclad Industrial Impact–Rigger Cut”


These were just hanging around the local clothing store. 


They not only look like superhero gloves covered in orange, yellow, and black duraclad padding ready to WHAM BAM!


But they also feel that way when you put them on with all the rubberized ruggedized protection.


Hmm, wonder whether these would be good in the gym for weightlifting…


Now who actually goes to work wearing these things? Its probably got to be a pretty “macho” man or women job.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

How Men And Women Sit

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This was funny-sad on the train in Washington, D.C. 


This couple–a man and women–are sitting together. 


The man (on the right) is completely sprawling out.


The women (on the left) is squishing almost off the seat.


So what is it with men–a testosterone, macho thing–exerting sexuality, power, and dominance–or it is just carelessness and callousness in how to treat women?


For women–is it reticence and modesty or are they accepting being mistreated or even abused? 


People’s weight aside, it seems that men and women should each be given their own and equal space on the Metro or otherwise in life. 


This presumed gender power struggle is not a good thing–love should be equal in feeling, giving, and in time, and space. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Size And Smell

Sex
So apparently data mining can be used for all sorts of research…



In the New York Times today, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz tries his hand with google search results to better understand people’s feelings about sex. 



Though Stephens-Davidowitz doesn’t explain how he gets these google statistics…here are some standouts:



As you might have guessed, the biggest complaint from men–and women–is that they don’t get/have enough sex. 



For both (as you might imagine in a primarily–95%–heterosexual world), traditional surveys show that it’s about once a week.



However, the author says this is exaggerated (yeah, is it surprising that people exaggerate about this?) and it’s actually only about 30 times a year–or once every 12 days.



So there are a lot of search on “sexless” or “won’t have sex with me.”



Observing that “sex can be quite fun,” he questions, “why do we have so little of it?”



And he concludes that it’s because we have “enormous anxiety” and insecurity about our bodies and sexuality.



Again, you probably wouldn’t need data mining to guess the results, but men’s biggest worry is about their penis size, and one of women’s most toxic worries–a “strikingly common concern”–is about the smell of their vagina.



For men, they actually google questions about genital size more often than they have questions about any other body part; in fact, more than “about their lungs, liver, feet, ears, nose, throat, and brain combined.”



So much for health consciousness versus machismo pride. 



The funny thing is apparently women don’t seem to care so much about this with only about 1 search on this topic for every 170 searches that men do on this. 



Surprising to most men, about 40% of the searches women do conduct on this topic is “complaints” that it is too big!



Not that size doesn’t matter to women, but for them it’s about the size of their breasts and butts–and again, bigger being generally considered better.



In this case, most men seem to agree. 



Another issue men are concerned about is premature ejaculation and how to make the experience last longer.



However, here women seem to be looking for information about half and half on how to make men climax more quickly on one hand, and more slowly on the other. 



Overall, men are from Mars and women from Venus, with lot’s of misunderstanding between the sexes.



The conclusion from this big data study…everyone calm down and just try to enjoy each other more.



Amazing the insights we can get from data mining! 😉



(Source Photo: here with attribution to Daniel)

Liquor Weapons

Liquor Weapons

So passing by this liquor store in downtown Washington, D.C.

And I noticed these interesting liquor bottles in the shape of knifes and guns.

The knife was full of rum, and I am not certain, but I think the gun was filled with Vodka.

So in the age of gun control and other anti-violence movements, what is the messaging with these “bottles”?

Perhaps it’s what many are looking for in stressful times, just a way to let their inhibitions go–a little bit.

The weapons image–macho, alpha male, interesting, cool…but safely–no harm, no foul. 😉

(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Modesty In A Social Media World

Ijml

New “love” app out of the U.K. called I Just Made Love (IJML).

This one is not for the modest or privacy-conscious.

The app is available for download for both the iPhone and Android.

Essentially, people are going out and using location-based services (i.e. GPS) and self-identifying their love-making–act by act. We’re up to 194,000+ already!

Not to be gross, but the app lets people not only report on doing the act and where, but also using check boxes with icons, you can identify the details such as the context: couch, indoor and outdoor, as well as how: 5 top positions–which is way more information than I care to hear about.

In our often hedonistic society, there are of course, other services such as Four-Square that lets you broadcast where you fulfill other bodily pleasures like eating, drinking, and shopping.

Personally, I don’t care to know what people are doing or where–too intrusive for my liking. But I can see why others may want to use FourSquare type apps (not IJML or who knows) with friends and family who may want to connect in this way–like to meet for Happy Hour at Old Town.

And certainly, marketers are interested in capturing valuable personal information on what you are doing, where and with whom, and using it to drive their sales and profits. Maybe you get a coupon out of it. 🙂

With the love app, it seems like some people want to brag, appear the Don Juan, raise their “macho” social status, or just perhaps enjoy being exhibitionists.

From my perspective, the main pro of this app is to promote the concept (not the act itself) of love over things like war, hate, discrimination, etc.

Even with that being said, it seems like some things are just better off left as intimate moments between you and your special other.

Interesting to me, this topic of disclosure came up big time in the Orthodox Jewish world with the publication in the Yeshiva University Beacon (5 December 2011) of a much written-about article entitled “How Do I Even Begin To Explain This,” where a frum Jewish girl from Stern College discloses her story of illicit rendezvous in a hotel room with a gentlemen and at the same time the “walk of shame the day after.”

The dichotomy between her “Orthodox” beliefs and her “secular” actions and her publication of this article in a Yeshiva newspaper and her explicit description of sexual deeds is a perfect example of the tear in our society between privacy and social probity on one hand, and the desire or need to share and be “free” of all constraints on the other.

As a social commentary, we are at a point where it seems that nothing is real unless we share it with others, and that can be good or bad–it can lead to greater wisdom and societal advancement or it can lead us to do things we shouldn’t do, are sorry we did, and where we feel shame afterwards.