p15 The concept of the mack is an old one. A gigolo, a pimp, a player--all words used over the years to refer to someone, a male someone, who plays by his own rules. All of these terms, in varying degrees, have come to have a positive connotation: a guy who gets the ladies, a lover, a manipulator of women and rubes. This connotation is so powerful and pervasive that Hugh Hefner can go out with eleven matching pneumatic blondes and be thought of as an international bon vivant, while Demi Moore appears in public with both her ex-husband and her twenty-five-year-old boyfriend and people faint dead away, their hands frozen in the shape of a cross. A woman who plays the field is the modern equivalent of a gorgon--one look and you are turned to stone. p74 I think girls should make being sassy, o brazen, or feisty, or loudmouthed, or audacious, or brash, or impudent, or any of the other double entendre tidbits that are used to dismiss girls that are just sticking up for themselves and speaking their minds, the normal state of things. We shouldn't feel enpowered to speak out, because it should just be the way we are how we do. p86 I am a fan of the dirty joke. I do not have fragile sensibilities nor a delicate constitution. I do not faint, or wilt, or even swoon, in indelicate company. I will laugh at almost anything.
And, with chapter titles like "Once More in the Balls, with Feeling", "Martha Stewart on Crack" an "McMarriage", how could this book not put anyone in a better mood?
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