Casual misogyny

In the pet shop over the weekend, a customer and a staff member were discussing a boxing match.

"It was like me on a Saturday night," said the customer. Turning to his female companion, he continued: "But you never mind, do you love?"

She didn't look amused.

I have no idea whether this man actually does beat up his partner on a weekend, but even if he doesn't – on what planet is it OK to joke about the possibility? This came a couple of weeks after I eavesdropped on a conversation about the motivation behind the Mottingham shooting. I need to find a new pet shop.


5 responses to “Casual misogyny

  1. Ant April 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Um, are you sure you didn’t misunderstand? I’d interpret that comment as an allusion to a shortlived bonk – ie: “it was all over a bit quick, like me on a Saturday night”.

  2. Zas April 14, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    You find what you’re looking for…

  3. Rachel April 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Ant – nah, the gestures, tone and context were unmistakeable. He would have had to be a total neanderthal to say it and mean it in a public place (mind you, as I say, this isn’t a genteel pet shop) and I think he was joking – but that could be my naivety. He was definitely making a crack about thumping the missus.

  4. Kate April 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Is that the one on thingy, by the youknow?
    (Ie. on the main road to Catford)
    We’ve always found it totally sound, the guy who runs it gives us free catfood samples for her Highness to try.

  5. Rachel April 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Yup. That one. They’re good in the actual selling-of-pet-goods department, but I don’t half hear some weird stuff in there.

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