Yes, it was four days ago that we first tried to ignore this piece by Dennis Prager [When a Woman Isn't in the Mood: Part I] because we have our own sex lives to think of and we can't afford to have Prager get all mixed up in those thoughts, but at last we decided we had a duty to ourselves to round up the best of the snark generated from Prager's cornucopia.
It is, after all, a cornucopia filled with highly mockable phallacies (though we have our own thoughts about the "copia" part of the "cornu" in question).
Sadly, many of our favorite cruel bloggers didn't cover this because it came out on December 23. (We can't WAIT for When a Woman Isn't in the Mood: Part 2.) Everyone can play!
Even so, plenty of other delightful bloggers put their, er, oars in.
Maggie's Farm framed the issue:
Lindsay Beyerstein sums up the gist of Prager's response at Majikthise:
Prager's latest essay is the equivalent of the "blue balls" claim for old married guys....
[F]or long-term relationshps, Prager suggests a three-pronged rhetorical strategy: A wife must give her husband sex whenever he wants because i) God and nature say so, ii) He's already a hero for not cheating on her (and heroes are entitled to extort anything they want from anyone), iii) How else will he know she loves him?
Unlike some of those who commented, we didn't think Prager was advocating marital rape. We thought instead that he was advocating old-fashioned sexual blackmail, via a regular application of guilt intended to induce anxiety, so that the wingnut wife who for whatever reason isn't feeling quite up to it will know in her heart that her failure to reciprocate lust with---what's that word? oh yeah: submission----may end up driving her self-pitying, phallocentric husbands into the arms of other, more compliant women and she will have nobody to blame but herself.
Jesse at Pandagon said:
Well, perhaps it’s a part of this newfangled sexual revomalution that we’re all on the front lines of, but most husbands I know understand their wives’ love for them through other means than the percentage of their penises in their wives’ bodies. I sincerely hope that if I am married one day, and my wife is in bed with the flu, that I don’t consider it grounds for divorce because she’s too busy trying to stop the chills to do reverse cowgirl - the obvious position for illness, because who wants to look at her clammy, pallid face when she’s sick?....
Here’s an idea: talk. Your wife isn’t denying your sexual nature - she’s denying you sex. I’m pretty sure that your wife isn’t living in some Puritanical bubble where she recites Psalms while you visit your male nature upon her, shocked back to reality after you roll off of her and fall asleep and she realizes she has yet to start the stock for tomorrow’s stew. In general, if your wife is constantly denying you sex, she either has a personal issue which it probably behooves you to stop being horny long enough to think about, or she has a personal issue with you that it really behooves you to stop being horny long enough to think about....
Dennis Prager is divorced. I hope that revelation just ROCKED YOUR FUCKING WORLD. Is it rocked? Because I hope I rocked it. I’ve been working on my rockage of worlds.
Next, Megan at Jezebel, wonderly wroth!
Blue Texan can be so harsh:
Unlike Dennis, I've only been married to one woman and never divorced, so my insights on women and marriage are obviously inferior to his. But with my limited perspective, I've carefully come to the conclusion that he's a sexist neanderthal asshole who deserves to die alone.
Vermontdave at Newshounds marvelled:
Pamela Troy at ThoughtCrimes said:
Is there a Mrs. Prager? Call me, girl. We’ll talk.Believe me, if you’re not in the mood a lot, I can certainly see why.
MGK at Mightygodking said:
I want to mock this, but I am simply too amazed to know where to start.
Actually, no, wait. I do know where to start. Here is a picture of Dennis Prager....
It is clear...Dennis Prager knows all too well the trauma of being turned down....Oh, the humanity!
Mark Kleiman said:
Jeff Fecke concurs:
IOZ had the best one-liner: " Yo Denny, women like to fuck if it's good."
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