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Are Men Stupid?
CNN ^ | Mon April 23, 2012 | Frida Ghitis

Posted on 04/29/2012 6:18:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Are men stupid? How else can we explain the endless parade of otherwise successful individuals, who by all appearances seem intelligent and competent, and yet risk destroying their careers and their personal lives over the chance to have a sexual escapade?

John Edwards crashing from the heights of promise to infamy, from presidential candidate to defendant in a trial after a secret affair; Secret Service agents ending their careers in disgrace over dalliances with prostitutes in Colombia, all join that long procession of men who managed to self-destruct, pulling a pin on the grenade of their careers and perhaps their personal lives for the sake of a little fun.

The pageant of legacy-killing misjudgment includes a president, several might-have-been presidents, a few governors, a World Bank director, a former Dutch prime minister, an Israeli president and one of the top golfers of all time. And that is only a partial list.

How to explain it?

The question has baffled women, mostly, since biblical times.

Perhaps the Secret Service agents thought their behavior, if discovered, would raise no eyebrows. But the stupidity was in evidence when one of the agents, who had earlier "protected" Sarah Palin, posted on Facebook that he was "checking her out." Sounds like the claim of a 13-year-old boy. And the decision to post the comment displays the common sense of an 8-year-old.

But that level of maturity and judgment shines compared to the decision of, say President BillClinton, who risked his presidency to have an affair with Monica Lewinsky, and then lied about it repeatedly.

A brilliant man, everyone said about the president, but also one of only two presidents in American history impeached.

The Clinton experience almost numbed us to the epidemic scale of the problem. Over and over we hear stories that defy belief.

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KEYWORDS: billlockyer; genderwars; men; nadialockyer; psychology
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To: ClearCase_guy

Can you imagine what a different country this would be...


51 posted on 04/29/2012 7:19:30 PM PDT by BamaBlue
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To: central_va
Why do they want power? To get chicks

And before women readers get all outraged and look down their noses at us men, I'll even answer the next question:

Because it works!!! Yes, many of you fall for it!! If you didn't, we wouldn't do it, and would move on to something else that worked.

52 posted on 04/29/2012 7:22:30 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: JRandomFreeper
Men are often stupid.

But women were more likely to vote for Obama in 2008 than men were, and are more likely to vote for him again this year.

So the stupidity of men is not across-the-board.

53 posted on 04/29/2012 7:26:11 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise
Is there any other culture, so self-conscious, so guilt-ridden, self-ANALizing, self-doubtful as ours?
Italian men (and woman). Sure, it's an old picture, 1950s, I guess. A classic. I hope they haven't changed!


54 posted on 04/29/2012 7:27:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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Between Bill and Monica, one could easily argue she was the stupid one...he’s a Dem Party rockstar...she’ll be forever known as his disposable receptacle.


55 posted on 04/29/2012 7:34:23 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hmmm. Apparently not a rhetorical question.

Think of an invention. Any invention. Who do you think invented it?

You mean like the circular saw, liquid paper (White-Out), COBOL, square-bottomed paper bags (well, the machine that produced them). zig-zag sewing machine, dishwasher, windshield washer, kevlar and a new broad spectrum navigation system, not to mention all kinds of things in the medical field? All invented by women, the nav system by actress Hedy Lamar.

56 posted on 04/29/2012 7:40:44 PM PDT by dorothy ( "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway

See my tag line.....


57 posted on 04/29/2012 7:41:02 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: nickcarraway
said the angry dyke...
58 posted on 04/29/2012 7:41:07 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: central_va
Why do they want power? To get chicks.

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. -- Henry Kissinger

59 posted on 04/29/2012 7:45:18 PM PDT by dorothy ( "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: dorothy
and a new broad spectrum navigation system

Interesting. A system to navigate a spectrum of broads. Hmmmm... I want one!

60 posted on 04/29/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Stupid? I don’t know any men who envy women or ever wish they were one.

http://www.enginesofmischief.com/makers/evan/sigs/guygood.html


61 posted on 04/29/2012 7:53:00 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: nickcarraway

62 posted on 04/29/2012 7:56:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Alexander Hamilton comes to mind. He could have been a president but he blew it by getting involved with a much younger, married woman. And Mr. Hamilton was considered an extremely brilliant man by all.

I’ve never understood why men are so governed by their gonads.


63 posted on 04/29/2012 7:58:48 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: nickcarraway
I don't if we're stupids. We're just dicks. Literally.

The smart ones though know when to back off and not give into our other head's temptation. For example, not cheating on our long term girlfriend, not sleeping with employees or married women or underage or the 2am crowd, etc.

64 posted on 04/29/2012 8:05:43 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: Red Steel

Which would explain its stupidity.

65 posted on 04/29/2012 8:07:41 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: Darren McCarty

Actually, the smart ones are those who know how to get away with the sins you list. My opinion.


66 posted on 04/29/2012 8:08:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: nickcarraway

Why yes. Yes we are.


67 posted on 04/29/2012 8:10:25 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Vince Ferrer
That reminds me of this quote from a movie.

In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.

Tony Montana aka Al Pacino - Scarface.

68 posted on 04/29/2012 8:17:02 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yep, dumb as dirt, according to the women in the family.


69 posted on 04/29/2012 8:18:30 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kevlar. I get your point though.


70 posted on 04/29/2012 8:26:15 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: nickcarraway
Ain't I the stupidest of'em all.
71 posted on 04/29/2012 8:27:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Amberdawn

http://www.fredoneverything.net/AlbinosUnite.shtml


72 posted on 04/29/2012 8:58:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: dorothy
All invented by women, the nav system by actress Hedy Lamar.

Actually, Lamar worked with a male co-inventor for her patent of frequency hopping, and it likely originated with her first husband who was Austrian arm manufacturer before WW2.

73 posted on 04/29/2012 9:07:25 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

“it likely” = the idea had its origins....


74 posted on 04/29/2012 9:10:17 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: B4Ranch
Life is supposed to be like your penis -—simple, relaxed and hanging freely.

It’s the women who make it hard.

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Don't blame it on women!

75 posted on 04/29/2012 9:10:51 PM PDT by dragonblustar (PETA. President Eating Tasty Animals)
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To: dorothy
All invented by women, the nav system by actress Hedy Lamar.

"That's Hedley!"

76 posted on 04/29/2012 9:11:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Feckless
It's simple fluid dynamics. <<

lol...Yup!...as a dear departed friend used to say about WOMEN!
Its all about Fluid dynamics.....They're either crying...pissing or bleeding

77 posted on 04/29/2012 9:24:55 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Vince Ferrer
Easy answer. From an early age the one overriding question on men's mind is how to score with women. For many of us, becoming rich and/or powerful is one of those ways to get women. Many men don't go into politics for any goal to accomplish other than to become powerful and be able to pick up chicks.

In other words, men are stupid.

78 posted on 04/29/2012 10:21:44 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: nickcarraway

It’s a story as old as humanity: When Mr. P*nis stands up, Mr. Brain sits down.


79 posted on 04/29/2012 10:40:50 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: woofie

Did you go the distance or was there a KO?


80 posted on 04/29/2012 10:46:10 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Part of a man’s energy and drive to succeed and gain wealth and power (whether through government or privately) comes from the same thing that powers his sex drive: testosterone.


81 posted on 04/29/2012 10:48:59 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: dfwgator

Once in a lecture by Bart Kosko, the Fuzzy Logic guru, he mentioned that frequency-hopping spread spectrum communications had been co-invented by a movie actress. He challenged the audience to name her.

Your Obedient Servant shot his hand up and exclaimed, “Headly Lamarr!”


82 posted on 04/29/2012 10:58:30 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Stupid is as stupid does.


83 posted on 04/30/2012 1:51:14 AM PDT by Semper Mark (Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?)
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To: nickcarraway

Some are, yes. Just as some women are


84 posted on 04/30/2012 2:10:08 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Disagree.

I think men are stupid when they are comfortable and secure.
Men are brilliant when they are challenged or in danger.

There are exceptions, but you know what I mean.


85 posted on 04/30/2012 4:02:14 AM PDT by djf (Life's a play, we're actors not authors, and nobody even cared to give us the script!)
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To: OldPossum

The “great motivator” is the key to civilization. Women don’t get it.


86 posted on 04/30/2012 5:12:12 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Isabel C.
In other words, men are stupid.

In other words low libido women lead dull boring lives. They will never know the thrill of the hunt.

87 posted on 04/30/2012 5:15:03 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: nickcarraway

Weren’t women involved as well? Or are these just homosexual encounters?


88 posted on 04/30/2012 5:49:15 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: central_va

I understand your point. But it doesn’t quite explain why men, who are capable of rational thought, are willing to ruin their lives just to spread their “seed” around.


89 posted on 04/30/2012 6:21:11 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: nickcarraway

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jeremiah 17:9


90 posted on 04/30/2012 6:30:44 AM PDT by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: OldPossum
I understand your point. But it doesn’t quite explain why men, who are capable of rational thought, are willing to ruin their lives just to spread their “seed” around.

To some rich and powerful men being celibate and not "getting any" would make him feel like he was a failure. To them what was the point in amassing power?

The problem I have with this is the pretense of the wife and perfect family et al. Men that want the playboy lifestyle should ditch the wife, pay the money and go play. Sex is what keeps some (most) men from becoming really morose and melancholic. Even in a long term relationship a boredom factor can cause psychological issues. A women wouldn't understand. That is why there is a war between the sexes....

91 posted on 04/30/2012 6:32:15 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: nickcarraway

Women are stupid. I blame them for moderates and democrats.


92 posted on 04/30/2012 7:11:02 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: central_va

To me, the premise makes no sense. My life has been successful from my point of view but it never encompassed any ambition to grow wealthy and powerful just so I could have sexual conquests. I just do not understand those men (and maybe a few women). Maybe my libido differs from that of other men.

This sentence from your post really got my attention: “Sex is what keeps some (most) men from becoming really morose and melancholic.” As suggested above, sex has never played that big a role in my life (especially now at age 71), so I will never understand that statement. Those men live in a different world than the one I inhabit.

And I can never see ruining my life just to have sex with someone that appeals to me. That is my definition of stupid.

I agree, though, that these vast differences, especially in degrees of libido, account for the war between the sexes.


93 posted on 04/30/2012 7:12:01 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Revolting cat!

Along time ago in another lifetime, when I was just a young Airman, an old Staff Sergeant gave me some very good advice. He said, “Every time a man thinks with the head of his **** all it does is get him into trouble.” Never seen that advice go wrong.


94 posted on 04/30/2012 8:21:20 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Keith in Iowa
The male human animal has not evolved beyond that instinctive drive to respond to attractive females that make themselves available.

Or unavailable, as the case may be.

95 posted on 04/30/2012 9:49:37 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
No real men are not stupid.

I think you left out a comma after NO, which is really important. Otherwise you just said that we are stupid.

(Actually, it's just an act. We can't figure out the washing machine or a sewing machine, because we are stupid. I am just glad you women are here, otherwise we'd be naked.)

96 posted on 04/30/2012 9:56:46 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: central_va; Vince Ferrer
Women, natural socialists eschew risk taking and could never understand men risking everything for sex

The never mentioned fact is that if women didn't exist, there would be no wars.

97 posted on 04/30/2012 9:59:29 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: avenir; bmwcyle
After Adam sinned, THEN the consequences of shame and distortion of the sex drive.

Sure... blame it all on the white guy.

98 posted on 04/30/2012 10:04:26 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Revolting cat!
You put the lime in the coconuts, shake it all up.
99 posted on 04/30/2012 10:08:29 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Vince Ferrer
And is why so many feminists are bitter.
100 posted on 04/30/2012 12:23:54 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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