I'm with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up

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Simon and Schuster, 2004 - Humor - 240 pages
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Is God male or female? Why do women, but not men, flush public toilets with their feet? Why are men, but not women, obsessed with parallel parking? Why do women, but not men, leave eleven-minute messages on answering machines? Why do men feel guilty about nothing, and women feel guilty about everything? Was Marilyn Monroe...fat?

These philosophical quandaries, and more, are finally debated in "I'm with Stupid," an uproariously funny dialogue between Gene Weingarten, the gleefully misogynistic "Washington Post" humor columnist, and Gina Barreca, the gleefully feminist University of Connecticut professor.

The first significant book about men and women actually written by a man and a woman, "I'm with Stupid" is privy to the dark secrets of both sexes. It's not a lecture, but an extended argument, a combustion of viewpoints that winds up unearthing startling truths. In the words of Gene and Gina: "Our Mars and Venus breach their orbits and collide in a screaming fireball from Hell."

The subject matter spans art and expression, science and technology, politics and history, spirituality and religion, sex and sexuality, as well as the complex etiology, sociology, and etymology of dirty jokes. Men: Learn at last how to know for sure when you are having a fight. Women: Learn what he really means when he says "I'm sorry." Take sides as Gene and Gina face off in a haggling challenge in which the winner manages to get the lowest price for a Mercedes S500. Or just take in the show.

"I'm with Stupid" is the book that finally establishes, conclusively, that women are funnier than men. And vice versa.


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User Review  - alanna1122 - LibraryThing

I haven't ever read a book like this. It is essentially a comedy book written by two authors who focus only on one topic - gender differences. Most of it is written in transcript form. The premise is ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrtall - LibraryThing

After reading this delightful, innovative, and very funny combined effort from Gene Weingarten and Gina Barreca, I’m surprised it’s not better-known. Our two authors collaborate in a back-and-forth ... Read full review


Introduction The Phlogiston Theory of Sexual Relations or Why This Book Will Change Your Life
How It All Began
Its Not Merely AmusingIts Historical
Are You Male or Female? Dont Be So Sure
Men and Women Are Funny Just Not to Each Other
Pulp Friction
Cooking Washing and Irony
You and I Make Whee
The Joy of Sexism Part IJokes That Offend Women
The Joy of Sexism Part IIJokes That Castrate Men
16A Short Commercial Break
Sports Penises and Other Extremities
Be Careful with That Match
Is Your Relationship Going Anywhere?
A Disagreement of Cinematic Proportions
Bathroom Humor

The Inordinate Importance of Sex
The Body Impolitic
Why Do Fowls Fall in Love? A Treatise on Desire
It Takes Two to Tangle
Get Out Your Hanky And Your Panky
Our Secret Pleasures
Cmon BabyWhat Are You Afraid Of?
Its the Money Honey Part IThe Challenge
Its the Money Honey Part IIThe Test
Fighting Like Cats and Doggerel
The Final Chapter Until We Meet Again

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About the author (2004)

Gene Weingarten is a nationally syndicated humor columnist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer for "The Washington Post". He lives in Washington, DC.

Gina Barreca is a professor of feminism and English literature at the University of Connecticut and a columnist for "The Hartford Courant." She is the author of "They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, " and four other books.

The authors have never met.

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