I Skyped with my son last night. The conversation went something like this:
Johnny: Dad, your blog is so lame. If you weren't my father I probably wouldn't read it. You try too hard not to offend people.
Me: Are you kidding? I say plenty of stuff that a lot of people would find offensive. What about that series on black names? Or this series on gender differences? A lot of people just try to ignore or deny that stuff. And most people would certainly never say it.
Johnny: Okay, sure, it's politically incorrect, but you still need to be more controversial. You know, say stuff that will shock people.
Me: Johnny, my goal isn't to shock people. It's to get them to say, "Hmm, that's true." I just try to tell the truth, no matter what the subject. And a lot of times what the other side says is partly true too, so I'll point that out as well. Name one thing I've said that isn't true.
Johnny: Okay, well maybe. But there's a lot of stuff you don't say that you should.
Me: I've covered most of the politically incorrect stuff. But how many times can I talk about race and IQ? Or about race and crime? I lose interest in those things myself. I just try to talk about stuff I find interesting, and that I think other people will find either interesting or amusing.
Johnny: But you're not nearly hard-hitting enough. In your series on gender differences, why don't you talk about how woman's suffrage should be repealed?
Johnny: Oh come on, you know how destructive it's been. Look how this country has gone downhill and become so ridiculously liberal since 1920. [The year women got the vote.]
Me: Johnny, you have got to be the oldest member of the We Hate Girls Club.
Johnny: Dad, don't be stupid. You know it's true as well as I do. Or why don't you talk about women never invent anything? Tell me, how many Nobel Prizes have there been in the hard sciences which have been awarded to women? Or why don't you talk about the fact that women can't make decisions? They just want to do everything by committee. Come on Dad, you know it's true.
Me: I know what I'll do. I'll write a post about how you say these things.
Johnny: Dad, don't be such a goddamn pussy. I know you know all these things are true.
Johnny: Well just don't forget to put in the part about how women's suffrage should be repealed.
It's good to have a son who will give voice to things that even I won't say. Thanks to Johnny, I can give such views airtime without putting my name to them, and pass them off as an amusing father-son conversation.