Sunday, March 16, 2008

vie de femme

Sometimes I'll ask my Korean students what they wish for, and some ladies will answer, "I wish I were a man." It's not the sort of answer you'd expect from American women, who generally benefit from a culture of individualism, feminism, and self-affirmation. But in Korea, women still have it bad (and to be honest, we still have a long way to go before women in the US enjoy true parity), which is why I occasionally hear from women who'd prefer to live life as men.

Then again, life can suck pretty badly for American women, too. You could, for example, be an American woman stuck in an airplane next to a man who masturbates in his seat while you're sleeping:

A 21-year-old Texas woman is suing American Airlines for allegedly not protecting her from a man who masturbated near her on a recent flight.

The woman, whose identity has not been released to the public, alleges airline employees did not act appropriately when a man sat next to her while she slept on a March 19 flight and began to masturbate, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said Saturday.

The woman's $200,000 lawsuit alleges that when she awoke on the flight to Los Angeles, she found the man masturbating and "a substantial amount of an extremely sticky substance in her hair."

The woman reportedly was calmed by another passenger after making the discovery, while the man was taken into custody by police once the plane landed.

Ladies: don't you wish the airlines didn't ban scissors and other cutting implements?


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