A reader told me that a BBC reporter claimed to have "found a community in Asia where women rule and men are subservient."
I replied: "Yeah, I know, it's my house." Then I realized she was talking about one of the matriarchal societies to be found in rural parts of China and India.
A quick internet search showed BBC reporter Timothy Allen recently visited Meghalaya, an Indian state ruled by women. There, the law specifies that property is handed down from mothers to daughters; women get all the best jobs; husbands take their wives' surnames; urinals are illegal; and belching is punishable by death. (The last two are just guesses).
After trekking to the heart of the community, Allen had a 40-minute interview, during which an imperious woman answered all the questions while her husband sat behind her in meek silence.
The reporter eventually pointed to the man: "What does HE think of the matrilineal system?"
The woman replied: "He like." End of interview. Goodbye. SPEAKING OF GENDER, Rick Santorum, a US presidential wannabe, said last week that women shouldn't take part in military attacks because their emotions aren't suited for combat.
Has this guy ever been to the January sales at a department store? World War III with lip gloss. *** CHINA-BASED publisher Jo Lusby opened her e-mail to see one with "LL Rubber Grotesque" in the subject line. Assuming it referred to kinky sex, she deleted it. "Then I realized it was the name of a font I had asked for," she said.
Three other names which accidentally sound bad: 1) A shop called Kids Exchange ran the words together on their shop front, calling it "kidsexchange." 2) The firm called Power Gen Italia registered the domain name "powergenitalia." 3) A firm called IHA Vegas Holiday Rentals bought the internet address: "Ihavegas.com." *** TIME WARNER Cable last week started broadcasting the first TV channel for dogs. For 24 hours a day, DOG TV plays simple animations and scenes "especially designed" for tiny brains, the press release says. Excuse me, but how is that different from the other 500 TV channels? *** A GUY SUFFERED a heart attack in the Heart Attack Grill, a Las Vegas restaurant. Now that's what I call "living up to your name." Wonder what he'd been planning for dessert? "Death by Chocolate?" I guess he can't sue them.
It reminds me of the disclaimer used when Homer Simpson sold ice cream: "Products contain neither ice nor cream; may contain trace elements of Mexican cheese. Do not consume."
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