1. Very well put. I have to say that, having survived a LOT of this type of bullying, I *really* want to get all up in Driscoll’s face and challenge him to put the proverbial money where his bravado spouting mouth is.

    I’m actually one of those skinny kids that was a “late bloomer” and packed on a few pounds and the ability to land a punch later in life and sometimes those old wounds and new(ish, I mean, it happened when I was in my 20s and I’m now 36) muscles want to combine in vengeful ways.

    However, I do realize that being a bully to a bully still makes you a bully. So, thankfully, the vengeful parts of my brain take a backseat to logical/reasonable parts that, usually, have served me well throughout my life. So, I take the high road.

    But man, sometimes, the low road is just SOOOO tempting. This would be one of those times, which, I guess, is just another symptom of the societal problems you highlight here. So, thank you for bring the reality back into the picture. My repressed inner, bullied and skinny, kid thanks you as well.

  2. Robert J. Wilson

    Bullpoop. Be angry at Mark, because Mark’s the dude who said it. Hold him responsible and simultaneously point out the absurdity of extremist gender roles where the man has to be a scratching, spitting NASCAR neanderthal while the woman must be the gentle, domestic flower. These 1950’s constructs looked great on TV then, but are offensive and outmoded in 2011.

    But you’re still kinda gay for the whole beanie babies thing. Also, you left out your silver tea set collection…


    1. I didn’t want to appear to effeminate, and besides, Leigh Anne is making me give them away.

      1. Robert J. Wilson

        Leigh Anne is a wise and wonderful person.

        Besides, it’s not the tea sets that make you effeminate…

        Not that there’s anything whatsoever wrong with being feminine, which is at the crux of this whole issue. It’s less the gay/straight thing and more an indication of how our collective consciousness continues to view women and their behavior as something “less-than” and certainly generally undesirable except to meet the base needs of men.

        When men grow to truly respect and appreciate the intrinsic equal value of women, they will be less-inclined to ridicule behaviors expressed by, but certainly not exclusive to women.

  3. Just Sayin'

    Like so many of these discussions, this appears to be a particularly *American* inter-Christian debate . . .


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