Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Bravery. For better or for worse, men usually give it up after adolescence. Well, it's not really bravery at all, is it? It's a kind of childish pride that we, as a society, tend to idealise. We imbue our screen herores with it, this 'cool'. And isn't it seductive- this apparent absence of vulnerability? It works. Don't women want to be desired by someone who doesn't feel pain, who isn't afraid?

But it's an act. Anybody who doesn't want or need something is dead. And anyone who does need something can be hurt. They can be afraid. We teach men this act, to perform it all the time. And subsequent to their emancipation, women now have to pretend too.

- An extract from Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whao!!!Elliot Perlman is a prize-winning author of two novels and one collection of short stories.
i shall take note of him in the future!! XD

Miao said...

Do lend me the book some day. I wanted to buy it, but was intimidated by the price. If I remember correctly, it cost $60+ when I first saw it in Kinokuniya two years ago.

Faith said...

Anonymous, are you Pei Xiong??

Anonymous said...

HAHA! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! HOW CAN I BE???!!! i've been spying on ur blog for quite a while!
lol!

Faith said...

Why don't you just reveal yourself... :P

mutleythedog said...

Oh I read it and thought you had written it yourself, then I looked what Miao and Pei said and I was confused. I gues you are right - I just wonder why it matters?

Faith said...

What matters? Bravery?

Anonymous said...

lol, i'm someone u love XD have fun & take care

Faith said...

OHHHHHHH... I'm SOOO STUPID!!!! I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! MWAHAHAHAHAAAaaa... You and your signature XD.