Your riddle for today:
What is at once the most contemptible, loathsome, and yet invisible creature on earth?
The nine-headed hydra? No.
A “hardened Democrat”? No again.
Give up? The answer is, as it has always been … an old woman.
For many people, women are tolerable (in certain functions) as long as they are young and nubile. Old men are distinguished and accomplished. As Cassius says, in Julius Caesar, to the other conspirators, discussing who should be invited to take part in their conspiracy:
But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him?
I think he will stand very strong with us.
Another conspirator chimes in:
O let us have him, for his silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion.
But a woman’s silver hairs will purchase nothing, which is one reason why so many women in prominent roles in politics, entertainment, and the news media, go blond. Blond good, gray bad. Continue reading