I just got around to reading the comments on that column, and I found this one interesting:
I get what you are saying, but do you believe that the power to beat people up is the kind of empowerment that women tend to want? Clearly, it is the kind of empowerment that many, many men fantasize about, but do many women? Movies and books and magazines about women’s empowerment have plenty of success, but it doesn’t tend to be the kind of empowerment where women go looking for fights and beat the stuffing out of people.As I wrote in my reply, I am kind of astounded that some men don't see why physical empowerment would clearly be attractive for women. I think it's intriguing to note that women often like the hot women who kick ass as much, if not more, than men do. Here's what I think is behind that: As women, we are nearly constantly aware of physical threats. And those threats often are of being violated sexually. When I used to go to campus for night classes and people warned me to "be careful," what they are saying was, essentially, "avoid getting raped."
Now, what if, what if, as a woman, you could walk around, be sexually attractive and not have to feel threatened? What if all the rage you feel about women being victimized and brutalized could be channeled into pure, righteous ass-kicking? And, because you're a woman, you could possibly do that ass-kicking without being seen as a testosterone Steven-Seagal-esque meathead. Ass-kicking fantasies for men are more about proving and retaining power, I think. For women, they're about finding and asserting power when they're not expected to have any.
I forgot to commemorate Mozart's birthday last week! So, belatedly, here you go -- another grainy Photobooth picture:
The Mozart "Genius" T-shirt was designed by my co-worker Bryan Dobrow and you can buy one at Red Bubble.