Article about Bridget Jones


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30 September 2006

Are we having fun yet?

Ten years after Bridget Jones, Lesley Thomas finds the thirtysomething search for perfection — marriage and babies, or fast-paced single living — is as haunted and as vexed as ever

Like most articles written by a woman, this is a rambling affair with no real point, theory or conclusion.

I think it’s trying to conclude that miserable spinsters are happy or something, and that the fact that one-in-five women are reaching the end of their fertile years childless is down to the fact that most probably didn’t want children anyway and all this endless whining from women that “I can’t find a man willing to commit, boo-hoo” is all in our imagination. It might even just be yet another attempt to comfort spinsters that married women are miserable really, so don’t cry dear. I’m not sure. Trying to find a point to the article is like grasping at soap in a bath with your hands tied behind your back.

Still, there is some glimmer of logic:

If young women were deliberately postponing marriage, wouldn’t there be armies of sad young potential husbands and wannabe dads all spurned by their twentysomething female counterparts, too busy climbing the greasy pole to make babies with them? I’ve certainly never met any of those men.

Damn right. All we hear about is how strong indepedent women are spurning us useless men, yet all we hear about in the Real World is women whining about how they can’t find a husband whilst us men merrily remain bachelors.

If a woman isn’t coupled in her mid- or late thirties, it is, more often than not, because she can’t find a suitable man to shack up with.

Ah, here we are, back on familiar territory; Blame Teh Men! Yes, it’s our fault for not being rich enough for all these decaying career girls. How awful of us men to fail to be rich enough for them, with no obstacles to becoming rich than the high-taxes that come with a Matriarchy and just a few million women with preferential hiring treatment sharing the same career ladder as us.

Helena, a 37-year-old TV producer, has had three serious relationships. “They all ended for different reasons,” she says. “I’ve been the dumpee as well as the dumper. It’s just luck, isn’t it?” She’d like to be with someone her own age, but the “man pool”, as she calls it, seems to have been drained. “I’ve got male friends in their thirties who only go out with women in their twenties. They’re not bastards. It’s not because they think younger women look better, or even because they are commitment-phobes, they just assume that younger women will have less baggage and that they will somehow be less hard work.”

The usual utter failure to look reality in the face. You’re 37, you’ll have little chance of getting pregnant, and if you do your chances of having a miscarriage or a handicapped baby are sky-high compared to women in their twenties! Not to mention the fact that when she says “man pool” she probably refers to 0.01% of men who fill the endless list of absurdly demanding expectations she has for a potential mate, forgetting that she fails to fulfil the key expectation men have for a mate; she’s not young. And she’s humped a load of guys already. Even ignoring the horror of the divorce laws, the only reason a man needs a woman is for her to have their children, and women are at their most fertile between 16 and 27. That’s why we don’t marry fucking 37-year-olds!

Buy a smegging cat and shut the fuck up woman!

Maybe I should write a novel about a bachelor, called Duncan Idaho’s Diary, and what a great time he has without women in his life, complete with a happy ending where he meets the woman of his dreams, shags her, dumps her…and continues being a bachelor.

posted by Duncan Idaho @ 8:51 PM
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At 9:26 PM, Anonymous said…

I love it when fertility impaired women try to demand a higher market price than a younger, less used product. I refer to it as the trilogy of age (poundage, baggage, and mileage). Should I buy the new model 10-15kgs lighter, with about 40-50 fewer partners and less attitude or go for the old hag. Hmmmm. Let me think about this one…

Oh and on the book, I´ll buy an advanced copy.

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At 9:35 PM, Anonymous said…

While I strangely agree with you, I can’t help but also state that men need to learn to grow up sooner, so women actually feel like there are men out there worth committing to (at any age).

As for having children & marrying in age the age of 37 or whenever…ever consider many women get married in their 20s only to have husbands who can’t seem to grow up, divorce, and are looking to remarry in their 30s? So who really is at fault then?

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At 11:39 PM, pete said…

Anonymous said…

While I strangely agree with you, I can’t help but also state that men need to learn to grow up sooner, so women actually feel like there are men out there worth committing to (at any age).

Blame the men eh? All the women I’ve seen only want a “mature” man so they can be children and eschew all responsibility in the relationship. “But he’s a MAN! He’s the responsible one, I’m just the poor widdle innocent GIRL!!”

As for having children & marrying in age the age of 37 or whenever…ever consider many women get married in their 20s only to have husbands who can’t seem to grow up, divorce, and are looking to remarry in their 30s? So who really is at fault then?

Women initiate ¾ of all divorces. Do you have any proof behind this baseless assertion of “men don’t grow up, can’t mature and most importantly don’t earn enough for us princesses!

You are just a stupid cunt who either has believed everything the feminists have told you, or a manipulative cunt who is actively spreading lies by saying shit like “men need to grow up sooner”. Open your eyes and close your mouth, you goddamn slapper.

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At 5:07 AM, Christianj said…

“As for having children & marrying in age the age of 37 or whenever…ever consider many women get married in their 20s only to have husbands who can’t seem to grow up, divorce, and are looking to remarry in their 30s? So who really is at fault then?”

Sperm banks are always available, oops……sorry they were. That stopped when your sexist self-serving, selfish attitude started suing the sperm donor for money, idiots.

Cause and affect, really does escape your moronic sex, does it not.

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At 9:37 AM, Captain Zarmband said…

Women are always spouting about empowerment…well we men are empowered too. Empowered enough to reject any of the following female types:
1. Golddiggers
2. Used up skanks who have shagged half the planet
3. Old bags covered in tattoos
4. Old bags whose tits are now level with their ankles
5. Females who spout about empowerment but who simultaneously want you to keep them financially
6. Loud-mouthed skanks who constantly blame men for all their problems.

Unfortunately, this more or less rules out the entire female half of our population, which means we now look for women who meet our biological needs only. This means we date women in their twenties who we have no intention of having a long lasting relationship with, since they will inevitably meet at least one of the exclusion clauses as listed above.

If this annoys you….tough. We do not need to “grow up” or any of that shaming crap you throw at us which, by the way, only reinforces our contempt for you. You are the ones who need to change to meet our criteria as marriage is not compulsory and is our choice. If you don’t like this situation, then blame yourself and the feminists who created a world where men do not to marry women because the risks of being ripped-off are too great. Of course, you could always buy a cat.

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At 10:01 AM, nevo said…

Hi there!!
This morning I was reading an Italian newspaper and found this, amazing really, story.
The article is titled *Bimba in provetta* (test-tube baby).
The conflict arose last year when a couple tried to conceive by means of a test tube.
After the wife delivered the baby it was found that the father’s DNA was not compatible with the baby’s DNA.
The father promptly sued the Doctors for negligence when they mixed up the sperms.
The doctors defense was that the wife must have had an extra-marital affair.
The wife, vehemently denied this fact.
The solicitors for the defense explained to the judges that the dates of insemination and the latest delivery date, were exceeded by fifteen days, therefore the baby must have being conceived after the treatment was completed.
Furthermore, the clinic have no records of the baby’s DNA, hence the father is unknown to the Doctors.
The solicitors have now applied for a dismissal of the claim.

This true story just shows what liberated women are all about. Dishonesty.
Alleycat principles.
This slutish and skunkish behaviour are not the privilege of the English speaking world, the feminist incongruous ideas has permeated the language barrier.
Feminism has spared little of what men cherishes in women.

NEVO

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At 10:42 AM, Anonymous said…

If young women were deliberately postponing marriage, wouldn’t there be armies of sad young potential husbands and wannabe dads all spurned by their twentysomething female counterparts, too busy climbing the greasy pole to make babies with them? I’ve certainly never met any of those men.

Probably because no man would put it to a woman he barely knew in those terms without coming off as some sort of gaybot. But they do exist. I was one before the bitterness took hold.

The truth is there are HORDES of responsible twentysomething chaps who want nothing more than a stable relationship – who invariably get passed over by twentysomething women, which is why this one has probably ‘never met one’.

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At 6:07 PM, Anonymous said…

More women are living alone then men in Australia.
Makes me happy 🙂
Women have made there beds but they dont want to sleep in them haha!

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At 6:23 PM, Anonymous said…

I’d buy your book. Would ring a lot more true with what I see everyday than the idiotic claptrap spewed by the “best and the brightest”. Duncan I’m sure you would have a market for your thoughts. The mass media is largely a desert devoid of any logic and truth.

About Cupcake’s rambling writing style. There was a similar piece of garbage written years ago called “The Beauty Myth”. I could write more coherently in grade school. Talk about a rambling mess strewn with run-on sentences and gratuitous assertions. The B.M. author, I think, was trying to state that beauty is largely a cultural construct used to oppress women. I guess the idea that biology (involuntary mating response) is driving all of this (i.e., men attracted to and wanting to mate with fertile, healthy women) never entered her little head.

Most things women write is idiotic claptrap. Why? Because writing expresses the state of one’s mind. And most women’s minds are an incoherent, illogical mess.

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At 8:26 PM, NHY said…

If young women were deliberately postponing marriage, wouldn’t there be armies of sad young potential husbands and wannabe dads all spurned by their twentysomething female counterparts, too busy climbing the greasy pole to make babies with them? I’ve certainly never met any of those men.

Well, on top of that, you so called ‘ empowered career women ‘ also usually shun us decent chaps and go off and get abused by some bald 35-year alcoholic ex – convict with anger issues!

So, on top of caring more about your ‘ career ‘ , which you’ll want to quit in 5 years anyway, your also usually ignoring us good guys while you go and get abused by another jerk.

So, you say you never met any such good guy. Well, maybe its because you only bother with assholes and lowlifes or as one site humorously puts it, ‘ outlaw bikers ‘ , not realising that we’re here as well!

Please, your falseness and deceptions are making me sick!

And yes, I would buy a copy of that book as well.

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At 9:43 PM, Anonymous said…

Well, I think part of the problem is that most women nowadays expect to marry men their own age, or 5 years older the most. That usually doesn’t work out because men are usually ready to start a family when they are around thirty, whereas women would be wise to marry around 16-22, when their charm are the greatest. If women want to have kids, they should do so while they are young, and go for the 5 to 12 years older man who is ready to make a serious commitment.

I myself am in my middtwenties and the women my age tend to be bitter, angry, already married, with baggage or unmarriageable. Thanks to God I recently met a beautiful
15 year old woman and we are engaged, we intend to marry when she finishes high school. And before you call me a criminal, let’s just say the parents approve the relationship and age of consent is fourteen, because my country still follows natural law.

And most importantly, we are in love.

Feminism still doesn’t rule the whole world.

True Western Culture seems to be more alive in Southamerica than in Great Britain. If Europe follows actual trends it is doomed, and the grandchildren of the feminists will be ruled by Sharia.

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At 9:55 PM, Brazilian Bachelor said…

I would buy that book too! And give a copy to all my brainwashed male friends so maybe they can grow a pair.

I find it amusing how women have the courage to claim there’s no good man left. I’m in my early 20s and know too many men who are trying to build a decent life, but alas, no women want to join them. They’re just not *exciting* enough. As you know, exciting to today’s women means insane amounts of drugs, irresponsible sex and idiotic behavior in general. So they are out of the mating pool.

I rest assured that when these guys turn 30 they’ll get a very fair share of women. But, sadly, they’ll be wise and knowing what women are up to. Another bunch of males who commit to the bachelorhood for life.

That’s what women are getting. I want a good reason why a man should trade their good years for a commitment with a woman who had her share of dicks of all kind, have nothing to bring to a family, and still thinks she deserves it all.

Fuck them. Literally. And run as fast as you can afterwards.

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At 10:30 PM, Brazilian Bachelor said…

Fellow men, I can speak for my country (Brazil): please don’t make the mistake of thinking that a younger women, just out of being young, is marriage material. It is not. My country is seen as a paradise of good women by many people on the net. It’s not. Skankhood it’s at an all-time high around here. Beware.

Buy hey, if you want some no-strings-attached action it’s a different story.

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At 12:18 AM, mfsob said…

“they just assume that younger women will have less baggage and that they will somehow be less hard work.”

Oh … my … God … a feminist said something rational?????

No assuming about it, “sister,” why SHOULD we even want to bother with a female who is demonstrably over the hill when we can fuck and chuck a cute 20-something with a sunny disposition? Women in their 20s are just about right for men in their 40s – they’re not too polluted by feminazism yet, they don’t want to spot weld a ring to your finger after the first date, and they are wayyyyyyyy better in bed.

So go back to taking care of your cats – it’s time to change their litter box. Just think of that shit you’re shoveling out of that box as a metaphor for the life that YOU have created for yourself. *grins*

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At 2:49 AM, phoenix said…

That’s complete bullshit, there are plenty of studious young men that carefully prioritize their lives by doing school work and being nice to others. These young men are not popular with the so called “mature” women. The “mature” woman apparently things convicts and thugs are the only options, and thus all men must “grow up.” Just goes to show you how shaming language works so well huh? Just call the studious young men “nerds” or “geeks”, instead of responsible and mature. Just call a woman “mature” or “empowered” instead of a slut with no accountability.

I know plenty of young men with good careers that want to marry in their early 20s. Women will absolutely not have them, because WOMEN FEAR COMMITMENT. I myself would have liked some serious relationships when I was younger, but it became clear to me that women only wanted me for one night stands/sex. Don’t buy into the feminist myth that men are afraid of commitment, it seems all men go through a phase where they want the commitment, and then after seeing girl’s true natures they logically make the decision not to be USED or made a SAP that just provides for women. It’s simple, you want to get married, do it at 18, don’t sleep with a lot of guys, hell, pick one good guy and just marry him. Very, very simple.

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At 8:32 AM, HAWKEYE said…

lol,lol, silent gap lol

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At 9:02 AM, HAWKEYE said…

female ?…..whore ?……..is there a difference ?
im confused.

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At 1:00 PM, Anonymous said…

@anonym: How can you be sure that your girlfriend won’t divorce you?
In which Country do you live?

The age difference in Greece was also 15 years. In Europe 100 years ago it wasn’t unusual to have age differences of 20 or more years in the nobility and 5 to 10 in the normal couples.

How can you trust your girlfriend that she won’t divorce you?

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At 4:40 PM, Fem Hater said…

Rage, rage against the dieing of the light, i think this best describes women when they come to their end of their fertility years with no man. Hey you better stay way because they pretty much self destructive at this time. I have seen far to often women reaching their 40s and going crazy because they alone and then seek anyone as their replacement husband, be it their son adopted suns, garden boys, and they love to keep them on a very tight leash

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At 12:56 AM, Anonymous said…

As a Dad of young children the thing that worries me is that these barren 40 somethings might snatch my kids.

When I take my 2 and 4 year olds to the shops armies of 40 something women look at them with such longing and desire it is scary, they come up and talk to me, and touch my kids hair.

At least once on every trip I will have a freaky encounter and I’ll have to tell one of them to get away and stop touching my kid.

They are a real worry

Max-Sydney

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At 3:12 AM, Anonymous said…

Well, of course I can’t be sure that she won’t divorce me.
But a few things help:
1. She is deeply catholic
2. She goes to a deeply catholic school, which promotes family values
3. She comes from an intact family
4. Her own parents are 13 years apart.
5. While she is cute, she is no beauty either (in my eyes she is the most beautiful)
6. Family is extremely important in Chile, and divorce socially sanctioned (society discriminates against divorced persons, specially women)
7. divorce laws in Chile are more equitable towards men
8. I intent to marry with separated
patrimonies (estates), which means that common expenses are shared, but property remains separated.
9. Even though my expected income as a soon to be tax atorney is high,
her family is richer than mine (owns some very interesting estate).

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At 1:28 PM, Anonymous said…

@anonym in Chile.
That is a fine plan. “Separated patrimonies”, does it mean that your earnings during marriage also belong to you, or do they have to be shared during divorce?
Sometimes it does not help that the wife is rich herself, because she makes you work for her, is rich, but still gets half of everything and alimony, at least in some countries.

Which City is it and how did you do to know her?
When do you intend to marry?

Maybe i should go to Chile.

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At 5:15 PM, Anonymous said…

@anonym in chile
sadly divorce is now allowed

Take care.

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