Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sheldon wants Penny to order a pizza.

Penny: "Sorry honey, I'm meeting Amy and Bernadette for dinner, but you're welcome to tag along."

Sheldon: "Ugh! A girls' night? I don't know if I'm up for an evening talking about rainbows, unicorns and menstrual cramps..."

Sheldon knows; chicks are boring.



Mrs McLean said...

Sheldon knows, however, that his mother's remarks when he finally tells her why she's never having grandchildren, will not be boring at all.

Mrs McLean said...

Of course, that's being charitable.

Sheldon's problem actually could be that he so resents women for never finding his plump and spotty self interesting enough to make out with, that he just cannot shut off whatever mechanism makes him make stupid, self-defeating remarks like that.

Anonymous said...

Mine isn't.

Neither are my daughters.


Mrs McLean said...

And Sheldon only said that because he wanted Penny to order him a pizza and she said no.

"How dare she?" snarled Sheldon inwardly. "How dare she hurt me like that!!!??? Let me see, what can I say that would really hurt? I know, I'll insult her, her friends' and--what the hey--all women's intelligence."

I've met a number of Sheldons. Some are gay, some are straight. All are poison.

Bernadette said...

Anyone who actually believes Sheldon understands anything about the real workings of the universe deserves what they get.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Sheldon Cooper, is the character in the television programme The Big Bang theory, and it is fairly widely acknowledged that, apart from being a brilliant theoreticaly physicist, he also has Asperger's Syndrome, which means he has no social blocks to saying exactly what he thinks all the time.

He is also tall and skinny.

Seraphic said...

Oh dear. What a terrible libel on people with Asperger's.

The autistic men I have met haven't really talked that much. They are more likely to keep very quiet and listen very hard before attempting to add to a conversation. I can see how this would be a problem for TV, though.

Social awkwardness, however, is indeed a factor, although I do not see why it should be presented as a grasp of naked truth. Especially when, in fact, very few women talk about rainbows, unicorns and menstrual cramps. I haven't heard a woman discuss menstrual cramps since high school, and only one girl ever did.

Rainbows can lead to an interesting conversation about optics, which I tried to grasp in a small way when I dated a physicist. I should have asked him about rainbows.

Unicorns are also very interesting for their symbolism and their appearance in Christian scriptures, which some say was a mistranslation or a misspelling. Far from being super-cute decor for a little girl's bedroom, they symbolize simultaneous sexual policing and sexual aggression, which would make them a good mascot for the Taliban, really. The whole connection with little girls is probably because they famously can be caught and tamed only by virgins--oh, I guess that makes them inapprop. for the Taliban then.

The science of women's health (and the issues thereof, like about drug trials, e.g. do painkillers act on female bodies in the same way they do on male bodies) is rather fascinating, although I suppose most men would find it boring as most of them know nothing about it and it doesn't really affect them firsthand.

However, the female reproductive cycle is one theory of why women are more likely to seek medical attention when men drag their feet and put it off as long as possible: in short, we are more tuned into our physical health, which strikes me as rather prudent.

I spent Thursday shopping with a female friend. We discussed the Scottish murder rate, the social factors leading to the Scottish murder rate, the Poverty Truth Commission, the Edinburgh housing market, the prices of charity shop shopping vs High Street shopping, the fact that Protestant ministers, male and female, are also involved in sex scandals to a distressing--and documented--degree, Scottish republicanism, the upcoming elections, the writing market, gardening and how buying groceries at Waitrose isn't that much more expensive than buying groceries at Sainsbury's, if you're careful.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

He's also the most interesting and likable character on the show.

Felix said...

I often find it fascinating talking to women friends, as they raise questions of people's psychology etc that I'd never think of.

But Seraph's Thursday conversation exemplifies an aspect that I find a little trying. Women often want to branch out and are reluctant to discuss one topic in some depth.

Sure, social conversation isn't a seminar, but this bloke likes a bit of focus.

Mrs McLean said...
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Mrs McLean said...

Oh, Thursday's conversation. Those were the topics over an entire afternoon, buddy-boy.

Six hours, including two hours on a bus, and maybe an hour in a teashop. You have no idea how much depth we talked about Scottish politics, crime, etc., since you weren't there. Neither do you have any idea about our expertise on these subjects. My interlocutor's is immense.

The inevitable question, "How young is this guy?" leaps to mind.

Focus, my aunt Fanny. I see you don't write much on your blog, Mr. Focus.

Anonymous said...

"Got your back Jack, bitches be crazy!" - Sheldon Coopers mail carrier.

You are all aware that The Big Bang Theory is a comedy show and the purpose of such is to make people laugh with satirical social comment. Sheldon's reticence to engage in a "girls' night" could easily be reversed:

"Ugh! A boys' night? I don't know if I'm up for an evening talking about breasts, con-rods and football ..."

It's just a joke on the differences between the sexes, based on stereotypes, so there will always be exceptions to it.

Humans, both male and female are a wide and varied bunch, like my mother says "We're all different, it would be boring if we weren't."

As to attributing Sheldon's behaviour to AS stems mainly from people not understanding the breadth of the Autistic Spectrum. The show much like society carefully skirts round the issue, ie. Sheldon's mom had him tested, he's not crazy but she wishes she'd followed up with that specialist in Huston. That's about as much that's ever mentioned in the show, to my memory. Maybe the Huston specialist could have come up with a low level HFA diagnosis but who can say. It is quite possible to be distant and socially awkward without having an AS or HFA diagnosis, especially if your a bloke who drags his feet when comes to going to the doctor.