… they don’t have to do housework.
At least very few do, and even so, men hardly do a fraction of the housework that women do.
Since I do housework, I’m not a genius lah.
This post is a response to
Monkey Monyet King’s ‘Have Malaysian men become imbeciles?‘ I have my views to share on that, but first.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, says the primary trait of geniuses is that they’re obsessive.
Gladwell talks about the physical genius (genius need not necessarily be confined to elderly men with electrocuted silvery hair) and cites cellist virtuoso YoYo Ma. That Yo-Yo practises obsessively would be obvious.
If you practiced a musical instrument (but not the harmonica, okay) obsessively and played like YoYo Ma, then society might call you a musical genius. Or if you practised kicking a ball obsessively and played like Pele, people might call you a soccer genius.
Unfortunately, not many women have the time, and in most cases lack the means, to take up a particular activity – with the caveat that this activity is something that’s admired by society – to push an obsession to genius level.
Make up a list of the world’s geniuses at the top of your head and see how many women are on it?
If you were obsessed with mengemas for example, nobody’s going to praise you as a genius housewife.
But unfortunately, like it or not the floor needs to be swept/vacuumed/mopped or for some, polished too.
Shelves and cupboards have to be dusted, tables wiped, things cleaned.
Laundry done. Dishes washed. So the upshot is: Women where got time to cultivate genius, ah?
This posting will be continued with a discussion of two other genius traits, i.e. Isolation and Insight. And like I said earlier, I have some thoughts too on
Monkey Monyet King’s question: ‘Have Malaysian men become imbeciles (the opposite of geniuses)?’
Today is heavy housework day. I’ll blog again during my next housekeeping break. There are tupperwares in the sink waiting to be washed.
In the meantime, you might be interested in a non-political posting titled ‘Kaitan bola sepak dengan frying pan‘ from the early days of my blog.
It’s about Prof. Daniel Shechtman’s discovery of quasi-crystals. He’s one in a long line of scientists who advanced their fields by challenging the conventional wisdom and were shunned by the establishment because of it. But like all edifying anecdotes, he was vindicated by his 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
In theory, quasicrystals should make the best frying pan ever. Do read (click HERE) to find out the link between frying pan and football.
I’ll be back.
This post continues with ‘Political genius 101 for Monyet King‘