After all of the accountability and progress reporting earlier this week, I thought I’d lighten things up a little today. A few weeks ago, MarketWatch posted this relatively innocuous tweet:
What was intended as simple financial advice exploded into a Twitter-storm and eventually turned into a meme, as readers weighed in with their increasingly amusing opinions. If you haven’t seen them, there was an entertaining summary of the whole thing in the Washington Post entitled: By age 35, you should have saved up enough despair to understand this meme.
The replies referenced everything from “Avocado Toast” to collecting “Chaos Emeralds”. My favorite (probably because it struck close to home) was:
I first saw a literary twist on this meme on a post by a librarian friend of mine, which included such entries as:
By age 35 you should have thrown away your copy of War and Peace. You know you’re never going to read it.
By age 35, if you don’t know who Elizabeth Bennet, Miss Havisham, George Knightley, or Colonel Brandon are, you never will.
So, what would your “By age 35″ entry be?
I want to revisit my post of last week about the suspension of disbelief, and how that played out in the Cosmo article on car sex, and the critique of that article on Jalopnik.
Let me drive you crazy with this steering arm.
First, I think it’s safe to assume that Molly Triffin is really a woman, and Jason Torchinsky is really a man. They have a lot in common: an easy-breezy magazine-y tone, and they want to make their audiences laugh. The Jalopnik article wants to inform as well as entertain. On the surface, the Cosmo article also wants to inform, but the writer’s main focus is humor – and most people who have read more than three Cosmo issues recognize that the sex tips are really kind of a joke.
The Cosmo article makes a lot of assumptions about their readers, and role that gender plays in the minds of the readers. It recognizes that a lot of women’s sexual pleasure comes from titillating the partner. But they make the assumption that 1) the man is just happy to have sex, and 2) there is no chance of failure because even if a sex tip doesn’t work, the guy is still ecstatic that he got some.