It has long chapped the Twisty hide that media reports on alarmist boys vs. girls studies constantly portray women as abnormal. Following in this grand tradition, Fox News yesterday announced, in case there were some date rapists out there who’d forgotten, Women Get Drunk, High, and Addicted More Easily Than Men Do.
In the first place, this is hardly a newsflash. In the second place, whatever the impetus for the original study (the title of which is mildly sensational: “Women Under The Influence”), Fox is only reporting it because Dude Nation can’t resist the idea of a drunken addict chick.
I do not dispute the science that suggests that men and women metabolize alcohol differently. I do take issue with the convention in mainstream reportage that assumes males as the default from which women, as freaks of nature, more or less ceaselessly deviate, much to the head-scratching consternation of sexperts. Since patriarchy is so big on characterizing women as aberrant weaklings, and since Fox News is the piehole of patriarchy, the language in the Fox report is a veritable ticker-tape parade for male normativity.
They do not say, for example, that “men, because of their anomalous body chemistry, have an unusually high tolerance for mind-altering chemicals.” Instead they frame it in terms of how women are naturally feeble:
“The study documents how women, pound for pound, not only get drunk or high faster then men, but also become addicted more easily.”
In other words, now at last there is scientific evidence to explain why the world is overrun with stumbling crack whores: women have a biological predilection toward junkiedom which “may be psychological or hormonal.” I.e. “nutso.”