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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Four words...

Supposedly, the three most beautiful words in the language are: "I love you." Hallmark card company has made billions by printing them on card stock and shaming men into buying them on Valentine's day.

I have a male friend who more than a decade ago told me the four most frightening words in the English language for a man to hear are: "I am not happy." The man knew that upon hearing those words, that the days to follow were sure to be unpleasant and expensive.

Now there's a study. And the Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schafly has explained it all here. Keep 'em barefoot and pregnant boys!


lexrex said...

ms, you implication that schlafly said to "keep 'em barefoot and pregnant" is unfair. she neither said nor implied it.

she merely pointed out that the feminist movement began a campaign to "liberate women from the home that [activist] Friedan labeled 'a comfortable concentration camp.'

"the feminist movement worked tirelessly to make the role of fulltime homemaker socially disdained."

for the most part, i would agree that the feminist movement was successful in that effort. many wives, today, are made to feel inferior for being stay-at-home moms.

but because i believe that does not mean that i believe all women should stay home "barefoot and pregnant."

please be reasonable. if you disagree with schlafly's assessment, that's fine. but to make her sound like a cavewoman for expressing her views, is as backwards as you accuse her of being.

Michael Sanborn said...


You're a very serious person. We've got to be able to lighten up a little here.

That Schafly could take a 47-page report on study that concluded women aren't as happy as they were in the 1960s, and reduce the results to it's all Betty Friedan's fault, is just downright funny.

And then you went and got all serious on me. So now I'm going to have to go back actually read the study. Then, I'll get back to you.

lexrex said...

if you think i'm a serious guy, you've got me mistaken with someone else. that i'm serious about keeping you and bf honest, then yes i am serious. seriously.

lexrex said...

and she never said it was "all betty friedan's fault." that was your inferrence.

Michael Sanborn said...

Correct, it was my inference. If she had actually used those words, I would have put the line inside quotes.

So, what makes you laugh?

Michael Sanborn said...


Who's your favorite comedian? And if you say Larry the Cable Guy, I'm outa here!

lexrex said...

favortie comedian is probably steven wright. i liked mitch hedberg, before he died. seinfeld is always funny. chris rock would be great, if he weren't so vulgar.

i like conan, as opposed to letterman. i like fallon over that scottish dude.

"30 Rock" is funny. "The Office" is decent. nothing better than the old "Arrested Development."

lexrex said...

so, we have anything in common? or do you think bill maher is the funniest guy alive?

Michael Sanborn said...

I think Bill Maher was once one of the funniest guys on the planet. Now, he's just mean.

I like Lewis Black because he bashes the Democrats as hard as he bashes the Republicans.

I like the Scottish guy. I think Conan is a dork. I think Letterman used to be funny, but has lousy writers today. Jury is still out on Fallon.

Arrested Development was hilarious, as is Scrubs. I like Steve Carell. "30 Rock" doesn't do much for me. Baldwin makes me hurl.

Alan King's stuff still makes me laugh and I steal his material whenever the situation allows.

We're right there on Steven Wright, but I also thought Kinison was a genius.

lexrex said...

i see. mine is more a "simpson's"/"family guy", subtle, obscure sort of humor.

PP said...

Lex - the only thing I want to know is how on earth you get those scores in the facebook version of Bejeweled Blitz?

Michael Sanborn said...


I tried being subtle once...even went on the road as a stand up...I wish I could be funny and witty like Noel Coward, but I'm more like the guy who makes my point and then hits you with a brick to make sure you got it.

Irreverence appeals to me, because so many times the reverent are hypocrites, and I like to see that exposed whenever possible.

We don't know each other, but you appear to be a man of faith. We'll get into that on this blog at some point. In the meantime, thanks for joining the conversation.

Carl LaFong said...

Lenny Bruce

Mitch Hedberg

Old Eddie Murphy - first album or two.

70's George Carlin.

Peter Sellers in "The Party"

30 Rock

Robot Chicken

Dr. Strangelove

First few seasons of Will and Grace.

MTM Show

Zach Galifianakis

Bill Fleming said...

Richard Prior

Bill Fleming said...

Adam Sandler

Bill Fleming said...

Andy Kauffman

Michael Sanborn said...

Ah, Strangelove...

Sterling Hayden As Col. Jack D. Ripper is perhaps the greatest stroke of casting genius in film history.

A Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, along with Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket.

He made something absolutely chilling into a first rate comedy. Shows you can be scared into laughter.

Michael Sanborn said...

All worthy Bill.

I also liked Rodney Dangerfield
Jackie Gleason

Michael Sanborn said...

One of the funniest comic bits ever:

Carl LaFong said...

Taunia Adams said...

Back on topic here, if I gave a flying f* (should I reprint this in a prior topic where I can spell it out?) what Phyllis Schafly thought, I'd have popped out my 32 child, have only an 8th grade education and would be standing at the door waiting for my husband to return each day, newspaper and cold drink in hand.

Phyllis Schafly is against equal rights between men and women, black and white, etc. And Sanborn's "keep em barefoot and pregnant" is exactly on track.

No, I have not read the article, and can't say as I will. Like I said, I could care less what she thinks/says/rights.

What's funnier is you have two loud, obnoxious women in the same party with completly differing views and I wish it was a televised debate: Schafly vs. Palin.

Taunia Adams said...

rights = writes, in above

lexrex said...

taunia, i think you meant to say you COULDN'T care less. am i right?

lexrex said...

pp, don't covet my bejeweled blitz scores.

Donna said...

Believe me- nothing would make me more unhappy than being a stay at home Mom. Some women are cut out for it- I'm not one of them.

Thanks to "working outside the home" pioneers, such as my own Mom, I have always felt that it was a choice. Personally, it has nothing to do with feminism, just what works best for me.

That being said, it is my experience that the acceptance level by the man of the house has a huge impact on whether or not the woman is happy. My ex was extremely threatened by my success. My current wonderful husband is not. Hence - "ex". My being unhappy in my first marriage was not due to working outside the home. It was in direct relation to how my ex reacted to my working outside the home.

Trust me- burning my bra wouldn't give you enough fire to roast a marshmallow.