brothercyst: ADOLESCENT GIRLS: PERFECT READING MACHINES

Sunday, January 25, 2009

ADOLESCENT GIRLS: PERFECT READING MACHINES

"This means that [the adolescent girl] is a creature designed for reading in a way no boy or man, or even grown woman, could ever be so exactly designed, because she is a creature whose most elemental psychological needs—to be undisturbed while she works out the big questions of her life, to be hidden from view while still in plain sight, to enter profoundly into the emotional lives of others—are met precisely by the act of reading."

True?

Discuss.

7 comments:

Little Miss Nomad said...

Well, I was a perfect reading machine and am a bit less so now that I'm older, but I think that is 30% a matter of how reading material has changed, 70% a matter of adult-onset ADD thanks to the Internet and TV. But to say that adolescent girls are perfect reading machines (as opposed to anyone else) is like Christopher Hitchens saying men are funnier than women. I don't think there's any scientific or sociological basis for such a statement. Maybe an adolescent girl pre-women's equality would make more sense (stuck in home, longing for the outside). Introverts, people who feel trapped, people who are sexually frustrated--prisons make great readers, and adolescent girls are hardly the only people who feel imprisoned.

N A said...

Nice well thought out instant response.

paula said...

I fucking hate Caitlin Flanagan. She is stupid. Every single thing she writes is so neo-con. She's Phyllis Shaffley- espousing "don't work" whilst having a kickass, high profile job as a pundit/writer. Her tone is so condescending. She's hyperbolic, reactionary- I could go on forever on how much I can't stand her. The Atlantic sucks so hard these days. I find it unreadable.

N A said...

Nice strong emotions, Paula. Yeah, Flanagan sometimes seems... maybe 'aggressively confused' is the term?

paula said...

I like "aggressively confused". Much nicer than stupid. But sometimes, educations- which cleary she's educated- can mask the very thing they try to cure. That is to say, some very educated, successful people are, quite simply, idiots.

That article by another real bright one, about "settling?" Just mean drivel. I feel sorry for The Atlantic. If I were the Atlantic, I'd hate myself.

Beneficent Allah said...

Christopher Hitchens is fatter than most adolescent girls although (sadly) not all...

N A said...

Good, good point!