Women


By Paul Lester
October 10, 2008
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This is probably as good a time as any to reassure everybody how I feel about women. I love them. Every single one of them. My mum, my grandmothers, my sister? All great. My ex-girlfriends? Got photos of them all pasted chronologically on my wall, a veritable shrine to ladies past (although I can't help detecting a decline in the quality of pulchritude sometime around the turn of the '90s, which can possibly be put down to the loud American grunge music I was listening to back then).
But seriously, folks, women are fab. Golda Meir? One of the great Israeli leaders of all time, male or female, although with regard to her appearance, enough with the bun already. Marie Curie? Nobody did pioneering work in the field of radioactivity like La Curie. Florence Nightingale? Few men could hold a lamp with such elan. Mother Theresa? Sure, she was as ugly as sin, but she ministered to the sick and needy with a selflessness that was positively holy, even if her views on abortion were a bit suspect and her face bore more lines than Amy Winehouse's toilet.
No, women are the best, even - especially - the neurotically intense ones who become aggressive and reach for the nearest saucepan of boiled water at the merest hint of rejection. Those ones are my favourite. I love those.

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aharaasharon

Tue, 10/14/2008 - 00:50

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I don't like him - I'm not convinced - just don't get this - is this supposed to be some kind of sex in the city type of thing? It's horrible - it's incongruous - just a a scene where the guy can settle old scores and launch vendettas - i pity his ex-wife! poor girl.... seems like a nasty person with no conscience - I pity any girl who crosses this guy! Be warned ! Do Not date This Guy!


Helen

Tue, 10/14/2008 - 08:53

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Well I like him, always have, and I'm not even his mother or grandmother; but I have known him all his life, and what a 'nice Jewish boy'! As for being without transport....well, 50 odd years ago not many of us had our own transport, but that didn't stop us dating, and I lived in Staines! I know, I'm out of date!


aharaasharon

Tue, 10/14/2008 - 10:47

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Well, I beg to differ as do many others I know who have read this. If he's so fantastic why did his wife leave him to start with? Instead of celebrating his failure he should be more humble. Why on earth is the JC giving him a platform for this nonsense- he writes an attack on someone who wanted to stay out of things then thinks he can make amends by saying how he loves his grandmothers - maybe better to be more kind to start with. Why do we always have to hear about the losers? What's incongruous is why the JC is allowing this to start with - is he some relation of the editor or something? It doesn't make sense - this is the lowest form of journalism.


Paul Lester

Tue, 10/14/2008 - 20:38

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Ouch, aharaasharon! A nasty guy with no conscience? Because I made a passing remark about a 1970s Israeli premier's hair? But you've hit on a good idea - a right to reply column from my ex-wife. Then she can confirm what a truly reprehensible character I really am. And then maybe you'll cheer up a bit.


aharaasharon

Fri, 10/17/2008 - 22:16

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you don't get it - or perhaps you do - it's about all the strories you've been writing - they are nasty - first - you write about your ex-wife having an affair with the builder - for all the community to hear including your own children - what would her mother/father think - her family - or even your children - then some nasty story that sounds like settling an old score about a stalker - she sounded very reasonable -" don't talk about me"- she didn't sound threatening despite what you say - and considering what you say - but you hung her up to dry. There are always 2 sides to every story - in light of how unfeeling and unreasonable you are -I'd love to hear hers - then you complain about losing your license because you were using a phone whilst driving and informing your ex-wife that you were printing a story !! Help!


Ms Sarah

Sun, 10/19/2008 - 21:02

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I have been called a feminist in my time. I have myself cut a few male egos off to size when needed in the past. But come on, this guy is funny, albeit in a pathetic kinda way. I love this column.


aharaasharon

Mon, 10/20/2008 - 22:18

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Am I missing a beat here? Everyone one else I've spoken to gets it - a man who can wash his dirty linen in public is no man - the original premise was that he wrote about his ex having an affair - the mother of his children - and he didn't tell her he was writing it up - did he not care that his children or their friends/their parents would read this? Why on earth did the JC print it? If the idea is he is writing up his dates on here - what girl would date him if he can have carte blance to say what he thinks when he has no care of the people most close? It's not funny - not even close and it truly represents a new low in the JC history that this lowlife is considered worthy material. I sincerely hope he meets someone and is happy - but do we need to hear about how he goes about it? Just get on with it quietly like the rest of us - he does not come over as a likeable person by the very fact he seems so naive about what he is writing about...and I do have a bee in my bonnet as this is the sort of nonsense I do not expect here. I wish you well in your quest but please spare us the details.


susiet

Mon, 11/10/2008 - 23:30

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Oooer aharaasharon how judgemental you come over. I don't recall reading anywhere that Paul built himself up to be Mr Perfect and he seems to have accepted the misfortune of his marriage breakdown with good humour and wit. It doesn't come over to me that Paul Lester is using his column to settle old scores. You sincerely hopes he meets someone and is happy? Really? It sounds like you want to hang him out to dry, what you accuse him of doing to his ex-wife.


terry dactil

Mon, 11/24/2008 - 15:10

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ha ha, you aren't fooling anyone with your blog comments aharaasharon! or should that be glenhoddle? or one of the other pseudonyms you hide behind here in your (transparent) attempt to exact revenge on someone with whom you had a brief fling some time last year which didn't live up to your expectations.

you give yourself away each time by writing things like 'settle old scores' and 'launch vendettas' but methinks you are the one trying to do both in this forum.

'some nasty story that sounds like settling an old score about a stalker'? ha ha, why, it is you my dear! you are the stalker, the gig is up! we are onto you! it seems you are the one trying to wash your dirty linen here.

'Be warned!' and 'Do Not date This Guy!' what do these comments say about you as a person? if it irks you so much or you think it is 'horrible' then i suggest you pick up a pen and become a journalist and let us all see how good you are at writing a column and entertaining us. but from what i have seen so far of your writing i don't hold out much hope for you.

i love this column, it is well written and makes me laugh (well, chuckle at least, with the occasional guffaw) and i look forward to the next one. and at least it is honest (unlike you, ms aharaasharon).

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