Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/18/15

English: This park and memorial were errected ...

English: This park and memorial were errected in Elliot Lake, ON in memory of local women who died as a result of domestic violence, and to remind of the struggle with violence that women face everyday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A gentleman is one who never strikes a woman without provocation.”   —   H. L. Mencken

(Is there any truth to this statement in this politically correct age?  We’ve all been conditioned to a kind of zero tolerance for an entire laundry list of things over the years.  Not that I advocate violence against women.  Essentially, I’m against all forms of violence, but occasionally it is going to happen, and it’s not always necessarily wrong.  Very often today the women are the aggressors.  And, in this age where we’re striving to to give women the equality that they definitely deserve, does their aggression constitute the provocation in Mencken’s quote?  Hmm.  Considering he died before I was even born, I doubt this was said tongue-in-cheek.  What do you think, guys and gals???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


1 Response to “Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/18/15”


  1. 1 Colltales October 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Very provocative thought, indeed, and coming from him, it’s easy to detect his particularly sharp brand of acute irony and humor, well packed into a succinct commentary. But even as the issue remains underreported and thousands of women are victimized everyday, I remember watching Judge Judy once, which used to be one of my addictions, showing no sympathy for a woman suing for domestic abuse, because by her own admission, she had initiated the aggression. Of course, there must’ve been a whole context that the good judge had quickly taken into account, including probably the fact that the accuser was physically bigger than the accused. But it also showed the breadth and nuance that she applied to the case, rather than just sticking to a pseudo-politically correct position, which would not be hers to infer in the first place anyway. Then again, we still live in an era when to error on the extra diligence side may do less harm than simply assuming the aggression was justified. Cheers


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