Gender Logic

I just came upon the following master-passage: in Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky (1988):

Never use logic on an emotional woman.
Or one in any state for that matter.

So fabulous, I instantly added it to my Thinking Tools piece: / Reason / Logic.

Is there any ten year old surfing the web that isn’t already past-master enough of both logic politics and gender politics to embed that comment in the correct logic and gender and politics context? How many males snorting their approval are themselves competent to have logic tried on them, whatever their emotional state?

Note that “logic” here is used as though it were a hat that could be tried on. Think of Maxwell Smart’s “Would you believe …” gags. Logic in such a context is pure rhetoric, logic compels nothing: just run it up the flag pole, see who salutes.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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