And now for something completely different. This is just too funny not to share: it’s a farce of a 1950′s film strip teaching women about their intellectual limitations. If you’re unable to hear the voiceover, the narrator describes how the men are trading witty remarks and the women look so pretty! And then the conversation turns to something serious: one of the men says they should drop the gold standard, and another agrees. Then the woman offers a genuine insight, and everyone looks deeply shamed. The men seethe at her, then one of them grabs her by the arm and drags her out of the room.
Then they explain with visual aids how information is neatly stored in male brains, but female brains start to scramble with even a reasonable amount of education, leading to ugliness, premature aging, obesity and beard growth*. Then the gold standard conversation happens again, and this time the woman’s big insight is that she likes kittens because they’re soft.
It’s really hysterical. It’s also alarmingly close to some of the “home ec” filmstrips women in my mother’s generation saw in school.
*Thanks for the catch, Patrick.