Posted On: Tuesday - March 9th 2021 7:05PM MST
In Topics:   Female Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
We are not keeping up with the mask stupidity as much as we reckoned in Part 1 of this "March Mask Madness" series. It's been a week already. Also, I have been informed by Mr. Hail that a few States are truly lightening up on this form of stupidity. (I'm just not a daily news reader per se, so that's why I hadn't written anything here. Things are getting looser in my State, but not particularly with the mask-wearing.)
That's all a good thing, the lightening up on this masking business, but of course, the LOCKDOWN's effects on the American service economy is not something that can just be counteracted with a law or E.O.* We are not just going to quickly snap back to the normal of '19. That's a subject for other posts though, and this is March Mask Madness - Part 2, a quick thought that came to me while writing Part 1.
It's about women in particular this time. I've written already (somewhere, I dunno) about the problem with communicating with people with these masks on. For anything but the thin medical style ones, most people's voices are muffled from just a little bit to being downright unintelligible. That's not a good thing ... unless it's your drill sergeant, I suppose. Commenter PeterIke pointed out in the comments a tweet alleging that even air traffic controllers are being made to wear these. Clear and precise communication is their job, so, if true, this is pretty egregious.
These thick masks have another effect on communication. It's the nonverbal cues that we give off when conversing that also communicate ideas or feelings. See, now that's where the women come into this post, with this talk of feelings. Women are said to have better intuition. I think there is something to this, based on their better abilities to glean the feelings of others from nonverbal cues and tone of voice too. I'm not saying men don't do this, but, hey, try hiding thoughts from your wife vs. vice versa.
I've had an Oriental woman tell me, after living here for most of a decade, that she still had a real problem communicating with American women friends. It's not her English that's the problem. She just finds their faces so much different from those in her country that she cannot read them, as she would like to. She "can't tell if they're lying or not". For most guys, I guess, we go a little more by their track record than the looks on their faces.
Women get a lot out of reading faces. How is that working out for them during this face-diapering era, is what I wonder? I guess the tone of the speaker gets through, as muffled as the words may be, but all those facial expressions are cut at least in half. They've got the eyes and eyebrows, but not the mouth and nose to go by (if you're wearing it right).
This has got to be wreaking havoc with the whole system that women have. Isn't this world of the masked more stressful for most of them? That is, unless they themselves have got something to hide.
"Boy, Melissa sure seemed a little stand-offish just then. I think she's mad about something I said last week." "How do you know, Honey?" "It was the way she... she just looked like ... hell, I don't know. I'm just pulling that out of my ass."
ADDENDUM: Per comments here by E.H.Hail, a Mr. Mark Changizi has written much on this subject. He is a cognitive scientist by trade and science writer whose field includes study of the ideas Mr. Hail had in the comment below. This particular problem (of many) with this Kung Flu masking deal is right up his alley. Here is a site with a thread of blurbs and videos from Mr. Changizi on this subject.
* I hate to even write that term, "Executive Order" - it's kind of upsetting to any Constitutionalist's stomach.