Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Man Up For The 2012 Election

The post was originally published on my other blog, Jazz Guns Apple Pie.

Before Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment, and before the allegation of a 13-year affair came to light, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO gave an interview to GQ magazine. Actually, it was more of a pizza party in which they talked about things like Cain's 9-9-9 Plan over slices. But they talked about pizzas, too. Here's a bit of it:
[GQ Correspondent] Chris Heath: What can you tell about a man by the type of pizza that he likes?

Herman Cain: [repeats the question aloud, then pauses for a long moment] The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is.

Chris Heath: Why is that?

Herman Cain: Because the more manly man is not afraid of abundance. [laughs]

[GQ Senior Editor] Devin Gordon: Is that purely a meat question?

Herman Cain: A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.
Another GOP candidate touted their manliness as a qualification for office on Nov. 16.

From CNN.com:
"If we want to change this country up…I'm your man," [GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele] Bachmann said in Webster City, Iowa, on Wednesday. "When people think of the president, they think of who is that individual. And I'm willing to 'man up,' so to speak, for the job and do what needs to be done… I'm a very strong woman."
So, it's started. The candidates are beginning to man up for the election.

All of this may be moot. Bachmann has been down in the polls for weeks, and Cain may drop out by the end of the week. But these probably won't be the last flexing their manly muscles. What's interesting is that it doesn't matter if the candidate is a man or woman. For some, manliness is a qualification for office.

Which of the pizzas served at the GQ interview did Cain like the most? It shouldn't be a surprise: "The man pizza!" he said. "The manly pizza! That was great."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bill Maher: "When Men Are Just Among Men, They Just Do Stupid Things"

This post was originally published on my other blog, Jazz Guns Apple Pie.

When Bill Maher* appeared on The View Tuesday, everyone talked about his very uncomfortable exchange with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (His joke may have been bad, but she took it more personally than she admitted. And worse, she was a bad host.)

But what may have gone overlooked was what Maher said before things got awkward with Hasselbeck. Co-host Joy Behar asked Maher about what he thought about the child sex abuse charges against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Maher: Well, you know, I uh.. you'd like this, 'cause I said on my show Friday night, that any institution where there's no women around, like the church, like football, like the Middle East, like fraternities, it just goes to hell. You do need..

Behar: Boys are bad.

Maher: Well, you do need women as a moderating influence. I mean, when men are just among men, they just do stupid things. That's really true.

Is Maher on to something? Are individuals in those institutions and others more likely to do bad things? Does something happen when men get together that cause bad things to happen? And if so, what can we, as a society, do to change that?

Was he right that women have a moderating influence on men?

Watch the video and leave your comments below.

(The exchange begins at about 0:46.)



*Disclosure: I work for HBO who airs his weekly show.