Monday, January 18, 2010

I went out to Waldenbooks in the mall earlier today. They're going out of business, and they've only got seven days left, so everything they have left is super cheap. I bought Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke and Something Wicked This Way Comes by ray Bradbury. I paid a total of five dollars (cheaper than the price of either individual book) and I look forward to reading both of them. I'll add them to my stack of books to read this semester.

I went into Waldenbooks with the intention of buying Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition books if they still had them, but alas, they did not. I went to Barnes and Noble afterwards to browse the magazines. I've been thinking about subscribing to Scientific American. Or possibly Popular Mechanics. Anyway, I was just a'browsin', and I noticed the headings on the categories in the magazine section. Under "Women's Interests," there was nothing but beauty and gossip and "how to wow your man in bed: 100 spicy positions to zest up your love life" magazines like Cosmopolitan, Vogue, People, We, etc. So, I went looking, and, sure enough, I found the "Men's Interests" section. It was nothing but porn. Nothing but porn and Maxim and FHM. Frankly, I was insulted.

Now, a lot of people would probably look at that and say to their friends, "HAR HAR, that's so funny because it's true HA HA HA." But not me. I lost a little bit of hope today. Surely we as men and women cannot be described that stereotypically. Please somebody tell me that that is not true. I know that it does not show, but I actually hold out a lot of hope for humanity. I think that we are bigger and better than that. I think that, for the most part, we are made up of interesting and passionate individuals. When I go into a rant about "society" or "the mainstream," I am mainly just referring to the vocal minority. Unfortunately, that is the standard by which every group is judged, but, getting back to the point, I like to think that there is more to us than just "Women are obsessed with appearance and men think with their dicks."

Apparently Barnes and Noble does not agree. Or maybe the problem just comes from trying to be so polite about it. Why not just label them the porn and vanity sections? Everybody knows that that's what they are, and you can't disguise porn from minors. They will find it.

Anyway...sorry, I guess? I guess it's not really that big a deal. I'm just angry today for some reason. I had a really good day yesterday, so I guess I'm having an anxious day today to balance it out.


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