Thursday, August 14, 2008

Everything a misogynist wanted to tell you about sex

Tonight's selection is from...


...which lives on the back of our toilet. One quick flip through it exposes you to the sexist, racist, homophobic revelations of one David Reuben, M.D. (in this case, M.D. seems to have stood for "Mean Dick".

In response to the rather bizarre question "Do Western women masturbate that way?" which seems to arisen from a discussion of ben wa balls, Dr. Reuben states the following:

"In the early days of the Industrial Revolution in this country, many young girls worked in garment factories. The hours were long, the pay poor, and the working conditions dismal. They operated treadle-type sewing machines which required constant pushing of the treadle with one or both feet. Gradually the girls discovered that by pushing the treadle a certain way with their thighs pressed together, they could rub the labia minora and massage the clitoris. What had been drudgery became almost a pleasure. The long hours at the sewing machine melted away as this new diversion took hold. Fortunately (or unfortunately) electric machines were soon introduced and the pleasure went out of the garment industry. The introduction of electricity was not all bad news, however. It opened up new horizons in the area of masturbation."

I don't think this needs any commentary, really. This book is chockful of misguided stereotype-enforcing gems, and I invite anyone pissing, pooping, or merely passing the time in my humble little bathroom to give it the once over. There's so much crazy shit in there that I can't begin to make you understand. Only a Caucasian, white-collar man could turn a sweatshop into an erotic privilege.

3 comments:

BetteDavisLies said...

WTF? You're right; I have nothing to say to that..

schmutzfynk said...

this calls to mind the days when male doctors thought women were physically incapable of deriving pleasure from the sex act and the only joy they could hope for was the satisfaction of pleasing their husband....

Kerry said...

Hey - I wanted to remind you about the show in our backyard tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Bring a drink and a bowl - I bought about 14 cans of coconut milk at the Viet Hoa today, so I'm making curry.

 

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