posted 11-29-2002 06:27 PM PT (US)
Note: I just found this old rant on another site and decided that I wanted to save it.
Women taking medicine, in and of itself, is a problem of epidemic proportions.
I take Excedrin occasionally. A bottle 3 inches high will typically last me 4-5 years. Even less frequently, I'll take a shot of Nyquil. A bottle of Nyquil typically will last me a decade if I don't throw it out. And on very rare (very very rare) occasions, if Excederin isn't available, I'll take an ibuprophen tablet.
That's it. Nothing else that I can presently think of. And that's fairly typical of males.
Women, on the other hand, seem to think that medicine is part of their regular diets. They carry pharmacies around with them wherever they go and they refer to these pharmacies as "my purse". And women go to the doctor constantly. Show me a woman, and I'll show you a person who has at least one prescription for something. About a decade ago, I got really sick and went to the doctor to find out of anything was seriously wrong. To my recollection, it was a really bad strain of the flu. The doctor pulls out a prescription pad, starts writing and says, "I'm giving you a prescription for..." at which point I cut him off with, "No thanks." He stops, looks at me and says, "Are you sure?" I said, "Yep." A week later I'm no longer sick. That, of course, is typically male. A typical female visit probably goes more like the following, "Doctor - I need a prescription." The doctor replies, "What for? What's wrong with you?" The woman says, "Oh hell, I don't know - if we look, we can probably find something."
Any women here who haven't taken a prescription medication in the last year? I doubt it.
Are there any men here besides me who haven't so much as even been to the doctor in the last 5 years? I'm guessing plenty (and congratulations to you).
And this is just a general symptom of the overall character of women in the United States (and, I'd guess, most of the western world). I walked through a Barnes and Noble bookstore yesterday and noticed books on "aroma therapy" and "massage therapy". Now, who the hell is it that's buying these "therapy" books? That's right: women. Women always want to think that there's something wrong with them, some part of them that needs to be "healed", fixed, or pampered. Tell a woman that she's "OK" and she'll be very uncomfortable with that. While men tend to want to get past OK and achieve better and greater heights, women are constantly just trying to accomplish "OK". The rub is that they're just as "OK" as are men, but they choose to look at themselves through the lens of needing to be babied. Find a book on coping with stress and I'll show you a woman reading it; find a book on a subject which involves adding more stress to one's life, and I'll show you a man. Find a person relaxing in a bathtub full of bubbles and bath oil beads, and I'll show you a woman trying to relax and de-stress herself. On the other hand, show me a man out climbing a mountain, playing basketball, crazily driving off road motorcycles or personal watercraft and having fun, and I'll show you a man who is relaxing and removing stress.