Gendanken, Oh, but I believe we must: Now, something can be made (and I'm sure you will) of the word "supreme," however, it seems to me that that word should be prefaced with "ostensible" or some such. Women may not have always been able to be senators or such, but they have always wielded power. Their minds are superbly crafted for it. I never contended any such thing. I never mentioned property rights at all. I'm talking about real power. About power decisions made at all levels of "family, clan, or tribe" and even "society, community, or country." I'm not saying that women always get their way. But, they get their way enough for it all to average out as I said. And if they have to use the power of the puss to get it? I don't think they're above that, do you? Looking at it in such simple, black and white terms is sure to lead to a misunderstanding of history. I do agree that, in recent years, the methods by which women are easily able to wield power have changed. They've become far more overt rather than covert. However, the status quo is not so easy to upset as suffragists would have us believe. (I know. Durant again, but I really like the way this is worded.) The serpent is subtle, and custom is difficult to change. It is impossible to change from above. Marketing attempts to change from beneath, but it's blind change and not evolutionarily sound. Mutations are culled from the herd, given time, and all stays the same. We're in a period of turmoil. The mutations will work their way through the system at some point. Some will succeed, most will fail. The bedrock of custom will survive the tsunami of marketing. Because it works? Because women have set themselves as queens of the household and thus control much of household spending? Because the woman market in the 50's was discovered to be practically untapped? Husbands were making bank and wanted the little wifey to be happy and so the toaster oven proliferated to her heart's content. This isn't really new though. It seems that prior to the 50's the main woman's market was health. As in hysteria. As in vibrators. Sold in Sears and Roebuck. Logical abstraction reaching ultimate, nonsensical fruition? The camera adds 10 pounds they say. Clothes hang better on skinny frames. Vicious cycle leading to insanity. Men don't like to talk about their health. We don't want to think about a nugget of cancer growing in our bowels. Blood in our shit? Hemmorhoids, that's all. It'll pass. Make sure no one sees the bloody remains and move on with your day. Another form of dysfunction, of course. But, one with ancient roots. Animals also hide their infirmities. As to children, women also use children issues as they use their own. However, it's not as satisfying because children grow up and then the mother has to find some other way of garnering attention. And, let's not lose sight of what I mentioned above regarding women, the first market for exploiting their pocket book was health. Women love talking about their infirmities. Love. Love. Love. Of course I understand what you're saying, but that's hardly fair, is it? I mean we can call anybody a woman or a man and make the discussion nonsense. We have to stick to at least some solid ground. And that is that men have penises and women have vaginas. Insecurity as to making the proper choice? As choice rises, consumer satisfaction first goes up, then down. Too much choice leads directly to despair as we all worry about getting the best deal, being taken advantage of, if I buy this today and next week it goes on sale, etc... It's good to get consumer reviews, is it not? Perhaps asking people about their experiences with Oh Shit Board? That's the thing about practicing. It instills a pattern that could be disrupted in doing the actual event. If you spend all your time practicing alone or with other girls, when you actually get into a real world situation, you're not prepared for it. It's easier to keep the same conditions which you've been... conditioned to. Herd behavior. Outliers will be picked off. Asses in towards the center of the crowd.