That's It, Bring Back the Draft
We started the Post piece on "wingmen" just as fratty, pointless, and 20 years out-of-date as its subject about three times. We kept stopping about 6 or 7 grafs in, usually to retch or look for a less disgusting article -- like one about, say, Klan-sponsored anti-immigration rallies.
But now we've started getting emails from people demanding that we comment on the story. So we went back to it. We'd made it down to the bottom of the page when we saw that we'd just finished page one of fucking four. Jesus.
To sum up, for those of you who are 80 years old or don't speak English: A "wingman" is a guy who, at a bar, helps his friend get laid. THERE'S YOUR 2,000 WORDS, ARTS AND LIVING SECTION.
At college, a good wingman has been as important as a popped-collar shirt. This is a generation that, in large part, dismisses the idea of courtship. Many move fast through relationships: face-booking, instant-messaging, text-messaging.
OH THE KIDS TODAY WITH THEIR UNTRADITIONAL METHODS OF COURTSHIP AND MESSAGING.
Seriously, everyone involved in the creation of this piece should be ashamed of themselves. Note to employers: Don't ever hire anyone quoted in it. Print it out and post it in the workplace.
A Bud for the Ladies [WP]