Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lost in Translation
Between the Genders

'The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause for the serious misunderstandings that divide them.'
--Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex. You can learn more about her life and work here.

12 Comments:

At 8:05 PM, Blogger June Calender said...

A wise woman. The simply comment you quote simply has not penetrated the consciousness of most men and women but it is very true.

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks, June.

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger Diane Vogel Ferri said...

I read some of her writings a while back and found some good insights. There are really no new discoveries about human emotions - they've been recognized and written about for centuries.

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Good point, Diane. There are only new and perhaps better ways to put it.

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

I would be surprised if the word 'love' meant the same thing to two people, even two people who believe they're in love with each other.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're probably right about that, Jim.

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Kass said...

Ditto, ditto and ditto. But we will never stop pondering and writing about the enigma.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

My thoughts exactly, Kass. For me, it seems to be an enigma wrapped in a riddle, stuffed into a question mark.

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One is not born but becomes a woman" (The Second Sex, 267)

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger wordsanctuaryrevisited.blogspot.com said...

I'm not an argumentative type, generally, but I think the differences narrow with age -- at the younger age, at the older age. Compassion trumps love in many cases--completely avoids the possessiveness. "What the world needs now is compassion" doesn't quite have the right rhythm, though. "That's the only thing that there's just too little of."

 
At 8:21 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That's a very interesting way of thinking about this, Maria. Now that you mention it, I think they really do narrow with age. Thanks for adding that.

 
At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Directory Surrender said...

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