To Be Fair, You’re Not Funny and You Can’t Draw, Either

Scott Adams, who has a made a career out of being marginally more humorous than the drone in the next cubicle, decided March 7 that it was time to deliver his own very special take on the War Between the Sexes, a topic you might remember as wonderfully fresh before you were born, because you either read Thurber or watched William Windom play Thurber on TV.

(NBC, Mondays at 7:30, right before Laugh-In. But we digress.)

What Scott Adams actually wrote is lost to history, because Scott Adams subsequently deleted the post. But just like one of those hilarious moments in his comic strip that proves talent is irrelevant in America, it turns out somebody helpfully preserved the text. So let’s dip our toes:

According to my readers, examples of unfair treatment of men include many elements of the legal system, the military draft in some cases, the lower life expectancies of men, the higher suicide rates for men, circumcision, and the growing number of government agencies that are primarily for women.

You might add to this list the entire area of manners. We take for granted that men should hold doors for women, and women should be served first in restaurants. Can you even imagine that situation in reverse?

Our best guess is that Scott Adams’ readers were abducted by aliens some time in 1967, then held in suspended animation until the aliens needed to clean out the freezer.

Adams goes on to make the stock case for women — you know, that whole Eighty Cents on the Dollar thing — before dismissing it because, you know, women just don’t have the balls to ask for raises or sacrifice their lives for their careers.

And then he drops this beat:

The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.

We’re not quite sure what to make of it, but we have this great idea for a strip about Dilbert going postal. Then the next week could be spent on anecdotes from surviving officemates, explaining how they always thought that quiet nerd was just a bit creepy and simmering with resentment. And think of the merchandising opportunities with Dilbert’s mugshot!

Anyway, turns out Scott Adams is a coward as well as a misogynist hack, so he yanked the post when people who aren’t his readers called him on it. And then on Thursday, he — well, imagine Scott Adams lighting a firecracker up his ass:

Is this an entire website dedicated to poor reading comprehension? I don’t think one of you understood the writing. You’re all hopping mad about your own misinterpretations.

That’s the reason the original blog was pulled down. All writing is designed for specific readers. This piece was designed for regular readers of The Scott Adams blog. That group has an unusually high reading comprehension level.

In this case, the content of the piece inspires so much emotion in some readers that they literally can’t understand it. The same would be true if the topic were about gun ownership or a dozen other topics. As emotion increases, reading comprehension decreases. This would be true of anyone, but regular readers of the Dilbert blog are pretty far along the bell curve toward rational thought, and relatively immune to emotional distortion.

It’s probably here that we should mention we have a master’s degree — in philosophy! — and the rap on us is that we were too coldly rational for that crew.

So, as an Accredited Reading Comprehensionist — hey, you try wading through Kant — we offer this Professional Analysis: Scott Adams fully agrees that society treats men unfairly — especially, and this is just a hunch, white men — but argues that men should just let it slide because, dude, it’s not worth the trouble. Let the bitches have their way.

But keep plugging away at it, Scott. We hear Glenn Beck’s slot may be available soon.

‘Dilbert’ Creator Scott Adams Compares Women Asking for Equal Pay to Children Demanding Candy [Comics Alliance]

I’ll admit that in my proto neocon days I thought this too. Many (not all) techie types (male) usually do. My problem (and it was my problem) was that I didn’t see why things are the way they are.

As you folks well know, the reason why these anti-discrimination laws are put in place because they’ve happened. Just like health and safety regulations. Or financial regulations. These weren’t added because some faceless Dilbert bureaucrat needed something to do.

Bitching about shorter life spans? Seriously? Oh Dildolt… um, Scott you are a fucking moran.

Biologically we males are tiger fodder. Testosterone gives us our aggression, our temper and our strength, but it also comes with a price as it kills us as Dr Tyrell from Blade Runner said: “The star that burns twice as bright only lives half as long.”

Women do get the short end of the stick in society. A lot of them do thankless tasks from mother to teacher to nurses. I don’t see why they shouldn’t get paid.

I remember someone (moran ex-coworker) bitching about how women get maternity leave (in Canada City, it’s one year) and how it was like a vacation. I laughed at HIM. I saw what my friend’s wives went through with their kids. Really?

As for Scott… well. I like his cartoons because they paint the absurdities of the nerd office, but I’ll pass on his social views. Add another one to the “angry dateless insecure tech proto-aspergers nerd stereotype who’s jealous someone “gets” something and he doesn’t” pile.

Wow, Nojo — Public Enemy? Beyond awesome, but I’m thinking Silent Creative Partner wrote that blurb…

I am going to just assume that Scott Adams is divorced.

ADD: Well, I checked Wikipedia, and it says he got married in 2006. His first?

His Wiki entry also reveals some possible evidence that there is a god:

In recent years, Adams has had a series of debilitating health problems. Since late 2004, he has suffered from a reemergence of his focal dystonia which has affected his drawing,[8] though he can work around the problem by drawing using a graphics tablet. He also suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that causes the vocal cords to behave in an abnormal manner. He recovered from this condition temporarily but in July 2008 underwent surgery to rewire the nerve connections to his vocal cord. In October 2008 Adams reported that he had regained the ability to speak, though not yet to shout.[9] His condition is expected to continue improving over time as the nerve pathways regenerate.

Bob Herbert’s leaving the Times

I have a sad. He’s one of the only ones there willing to talk honestly about poverty and race.

For the Beatles and string fans out there:

ADD: Catt, you’ll like this for additional reasons.

T/J: Hey, gardening fans, I’m heading out to Tomatomania today at a local cornfield to check out heirloom tomatoes for my summer garden. You talk about nerds, this is tomato nerd heaven.

@Dodgerblue: Ugly Tomatoes! Get them! And click on my link. You’ll like!

@ManchuCandidate: My problem (and it was my problem) was that I didn’t see why things are the way they are.

Or, to drop my favorite line from philosophy days — which I almost used in the post — “Humility is selfless respect for reality.”

Thank you, Iris Murdoch. Although I could never get into your novels.

@JNOV: At the risk of my street cred, a few years ago Silent Creative Partner designed a tee that said “99 Problems and a Snake Ain’t One”. That one he had to explain to me, since I tuned out after Gangsta.

@nojo: Yeah. I don’t get it either.

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