New Book Due Out in October 2016!

The new book Deconstructing the Man Cave: Why Husbands Don't Do Housework and Wives Never Have Enough Time by Charles Areni challenges the implicit assumptions contemporary society makes about who is responsible for running the family household. Due out in October 2016, Deconstructing the Man Cave encourages wives to give up a little control of domestic activities in order to get more well-deserved breaks from time to time. The woman of the household may not always get exactly what she wants when he takes over, but she will get more time for herself and her career - a fair trade for both spouses.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Real Men Don't Do Pastels

My mum was staying with us over the holiday season and, always wanting to be helpful and contribute to the normal household duties, started doing some laundry. She, innocently enough, asked me if I had any "pastels" that needed to be washed. What?!? What the f**k is a pastel?!?

Here, I think, is a rather basic difference between men and women - color perception and vocabulary. Women make distinctions between and use precise labels for a dress colored burgundy, cardinal, carmine, cherry, coral, crimson (some men know this one, but only if they're college football fans), currant, dive (really? dive?), flame, garnet (see note for crimson), maroon, raspberry, rose, ruby, salmon (surely orange, no?), strawberry, tomato, vermillion, and wine.

Men see red - just red. We're willing to separate "lights" from "darks", just don't push it.

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