"In Praise of Men"

Or should it be "In Praise of People"?

Published January 5, 2006 1:35PM (EST)

Currently over at Table Talk, a new thread called In Praise of Men, wherein women (mostly) swoon over the hotties, dream geeks and dear old daddies in their lives.

Recently, an itty-bitty debate began there that reminded us a bit of some earlier opposition to the launching of Broadsheet. "What a funny thread," one poster wrote, and we're pretty sure she didn't mean funny-ha-ha. "I'm of the Scout Finch philosophy," she went on, "folks are folks. Men, women, adults, children. Some are nice, some aren't. Some look better than others on the outside, some are better than others on the inside. I can hardly praise men in general when a nagging voice in my head keeps saying, 'Hello? Dick Cheney is a MAN.'" Her suggestion: "We could have a thread 'In Praise of People,' noting what it is about the nice people in our lives that makes them attractive, good friends, etc." (One response: "Dick Cheney is a people. So is Lynn.") The Scout Finch poster was also invited to start just such a thread.

Yes, indeed, these issues are tricky -- and it's important to keep them open and well argued. Broadsheet welcomes debates about what -- if anything -- should be "for" men or women. Though we'd also like to note that the day they're resolved to everyone's satisfaction will also be the day that Dick Cheney wears a dress.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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