Demand,Supply and Punishment

Dilbert creator recently posted an interesting article titled “Pegs and Holes”. It is a definite departure of opinion from the usual discussions of men in powerful positions behaving badly with women through various channels ( in person, twitter etc.). His post might offend anyone at first but being a regular reader, I understand his point of view and the humor underneath. Well this post is not exactly about what he wrote but something similar. I always wonder about the other humiliated party which never gets mentioned. Let it be Ryan Giggs, Charlie Sheen or even Wiener, you can never clap with one hand. Then what happened to the other hand?
Now, I am not supporting molestors,rapists or Strauss-Kahn like people who simply overpower the weaker sex. I am talking about the women also playing a role in encouraging bad behavior. For instance, the twitter messages and facebook posts of Anthony Wiener(YES, THAT IS HIS NAME!), were a two sided communication. Now I am not justifying him sending lewd pictures of himself to the said person as a good thing, my point remains why do women encourage such behaviour? Charlie Sheen can rant all he wants, hell he even makes money by making those same people who condemn his character and actions, pay money to hear him talk. But his personal life with his multiple wives and Goddesses remains intact i.e those women see no problem in being near the man and his wealth. Then why just call him loony? I think the women are equally loony. But then fame comes with a price – of getting the good and the flak for just about everything.
I am all for female rights and development, but there are somethings I cannot digest. No matter how crazy a man’s behaviour, when it is not forced upon them, they do encourage it. Lets take a simple example of ensnaring rich husbands. Being a trophy wife is perhaps the worst tag any woman could live with. What is a trophy all about? Looking good sans utility and meant for display. But women clamor to be one. How else can you justify men like Salman Rushdie’s getting married 6 times and getting gorgeous women like Padma Lakshmi (that was one wedding that blew me off- she was successful,rich and famous. Why Salman Rushdie?) Well numerous page 3 reports indicate she loved the limelight. She loved being in the news, getting hi-profile friends and contacts and being invited to the most upmarket do’s. I guess greed escapes no one. It helps both parties get what they want, but when it comes to character bashing – guess who takes most of it.
So that is what the title of my post says – there is a demand for ridiculous things – trophy wives, the pleasure of sexting behind your super successful and intelligent wife’s back (Huma Abedin, really Anthony Wiener is your choice?), living with three women under one roof, wives who double as maid servants for cooking and cleaning purposes only, women who participate in reality shows to be your wife despite your drinking,abuse and drug issues (Dimpy Ganguly), numerous affairs and so on. These demands are more than fulfilled with an abundant supply of women for all these things and finally the slandering and punishment is handed out to the more famous one. Columns after columns are written analyzing the cause of behavior lapses on behalf of these powerful men knowing that for any ridiculous demand, there will be a supply. What else can explain Ryan Giggs’s ex-girlfriend/sister-in-law/mother-of-his-child, marrying his brother last year? Was she on meth or something?
I wonder why women accept all these lewd requests. They are equally guilty in my eyes. Again, I am not talking about instances where they were raped or overpowered or forced into something. But its a vicious cycle. Knowing such a supply exists will lead to further crazy demands resulting in more horror stories. I think society as a whole needs some medication. Not just the men alone.
I wonder why Scott Adams received so much flak for his story. It sparks off a chain of thought indicting only the men of their crimes. In my opinion both are equally guilty and the only way to cut off the demand is to remove the supply. Punishments do no good. They are treated on a case by case basis. Remove the supply and the demand will go unfulfilled and hopefully folks will learn a lesson. Until then, it is a boom time for Conan or Bill Maher who absolutely ripped Wiener making it a delight for all us viewers.
Now, who doesnt enjoy a scandal? But seriously, only now and then.


3 thoughts on “Demand,Supply and Punishment

  1. Spot on about the Charlie Sheen stuff (and some of the underlying themes, too). I can’t understand why anyone in their right minds would give a twopenny fuck about his escapades. Instead, the guy’s being mentioned on every bit of news this side of the Atlantic.

  2. The problem with Adams is that he bundles together a series of offenses like they are all the same
    “Powerful men have been behaving badly, e.g. tweeting, raping, cheating, and being offensive.. ”
    I dont blame them for tweeting, perhaps even cheating, but what about rape ?
    If human males have a natural instinct to rape, then they need to take the blame for it.
    Fact is, that is not true. They dont.

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