I have a colleague whose wife appears to be remarkably materialistic.

He feels that he makes a good living so that she can enjoy fancy handbags and days at the spa; he wants kids but she isn’t convinced that they can afford them. (He makes [an] upper middle-class income; she works in the low-paying fashion industry.) Whenever he talks about her, he inevitably refers to “how women are” or “how New York women are” — his wife is not unusual in any way, she’s just like every woman. Also, did you know that women always blame their bad behavior on their hormones (PMS!) but men are not able to do so?

In case it’s not clear, this man is not some poor misunderstood statistical genius with a gift for generalization; he is simply a cretin.

Anonymous commenter on the Falkenblog

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