Friday, December 17, 2010

Fear Not

Wonder Woman is for real.
Not really.
It's just a story about a women who has some genetic disease that damages a certain portion of the brain that creates fear in a person.

Forget for a moment how a women like this would behave if she were also suffering from PMS... (ok, just an aside: why is it that women are said to suffer from PMS, when it's the rest of us who do the actual suffering???).

Imagine now, should the government get a hold of this disease, and find a way to infect our special forces guys with it, or something like that...

11 comments:

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Being a total bitch really isn't any fun. Might be more of a woman thing-- I HATE being mean. Might be a social thing. Let my blood or chemistry get out of whack, though.... (to make it worse, nobody EVER leaves you alone when you ask them to. NEVER!!!!!!)

my name is Amanda said...

Foxfier is right. Women are more likely to want to "be nice." It's less socially acceptable for them to speak their minds or disagree.

PMS for me: It's not that innocent people are suffering. It's when I'm less likely to let people get away with petty/mean/inconsiderate crap. I agree that it's bitchy, and I'm proud of it.

Although in general, I *try* to always speak my mind, and I also try to be nice. Awareness of the need to act nice, awareness of probably PMS things happening - awareness is good, and more likely to lead to rational behavior, even when the hormones are wreaking havoc.

Brain-damaged fearless lady: Huh, interesting.

I wonder if there are any brain-damaged men out there - with the same thing - only it's expected for men to be fearless, so this quality hasn't been noticed in them?

They should do a study of the nasty part of the brain that is activated in some humans when they start commenting on the internet. I bet it's related to the part of the brain that causes people to act like assholes in traffic.

Brian said...

OK, I haven't even managed to read the article yet because the anatomy of that brain in the picture at the top is COMPLETELY wrong...

Sorry, I just had to say that. I'll be back in a sec...

Brian said...

Actually, the question of whether or how this would manifest in males is a really good one. Especially adolescent ones.

Seriously though, if you were going to make a comic book reference here...Daredevil. Definitely Daredevil.

Gino said...

but i prefer wonder woman. its all about the bustline, for me.

kr said...

grumpy grumpy that the article makes it sound like a New Discovery, this aspect of amygdala function (which I knew it wasn't), and then additionally grumpy because the article concludes with 'we knew this all along' ... irresponsible sensationalists. Calling yourself science writers. Pff.

(Grump grump grump grump she stomps off ... probably not PMSy, just too tired to bother putting on the tolerance hat)

it's probably ironic that the idea of someone without the function of "fear" causes me to get jitters ...

tully said...

I'm with Brian here. Being blind while fighting crime warrants far more fear than being a woman. But moreover, inasmuch as Daredevil is played by Ben Affleck, he is at least as hot as Wonder Woman.

Gino said...

i think kr needs chocolate.

tully said...

Godiva or Denzel?

kr said...

kr would like a bath in chocolate, but it's prohibitively expensive.

lumberjack said...

I can relate to this. My wife has damage to the region of the brain that controls the desire to make sandwiches, answer the door, or put the new roll of toilet paper on the holder.

Thank goodness, she's been able to adapt.