Talk Of The Town
Times have changed, and it’s hard being
It used to be simple in Father’s day; he was
born a man. He began by having a penis, and everything
else somehow just fell into place. But there is now
a strange new species around, The Modern Woman –
urban, middle-class, uncompromising, and sure of her
place in the world. It is entirely likely that she will
not cook for you, clean your house, iron your Y-fronts,
press your legs, or even have your babies. She earns
her own money, has a mind of her own, and she is judging
you all the time. Masculinity is now under constant
examination. And there are a hundred different ways
in which a man can fail.
In this guide for the CIM (Confused Indian Man) of
the nineties, Jerry Pinto provides tips on how to get
by in the new world – how to survive the woman
you love, or the one who dumps you; your wife, or your
ex-wife; your daughter; your mother; your female colleagues.
As he leads boys, young and old, by the hand through
the worst-case scenarios, he also answers some pressing
questions about manhood:
• Should men cry?
• Is it possible to be generous about being dumped?
• Should a man trust a woman who says she trusts
• Is sex really a two-way thing?
• Would being a sea horse solve all of man’s
• Just how much can a man endure?
Provocative and wise by turns and always witty, Surviving
Women is a mercilessly astute commentary on the notion
of masculinity and the relationship between the sexes.
By Jerry Pinto