Ok, yea…the title kinda hits right in the mouth. But, it had to be said! And, I don’t make a habit of calling a woman “out her name,” but feel me on this! I beg your indulgence…

It’s happened on a few occasions, and it’s always quite frustrating. You find a sister who piques your interest. Of course, what draws you in is that superficial attraction. Not to sound shallow, but no one walks into a room and sees the ugliest person in there and say: “Oh DAMN! I gotta get her number!”

You make your approach. It’s a bit like double dutch: trying to find the rhythm before you jump in. But, once you catch the vibe it’s like recess all over again.

That night is a “hit” of sorts. Not that it was “the best night in the world.” No, it doesn’t even have to be close to that good. In the superfluous nature of today’s “pop culture aficionados,” expectations have indeed been lowered. It’s a sweet pleasure to find someone who can speak in complete sentences, and knows a mere trifle of substantive information.

Wow! Did we just laugh about something that had nothing to do with a reality show? Did you just get excited about a song that wasn’t demanding that you shake your ass? Wait, you mean you don’t want to drown away your life in a torrential sea of boos? ; Word.

This might be worth an exchange. You trade numbers and part ways. You think you found one: still alive…

However long it takes to engage, you finally do. And things go smoothly. I mean, how could they not…in the beginning your conversation consists of those niceties infused with wit and playful sarcasm. But, like Alice in Wonderland, you’ve dropped down the rabbit hole and are compelled to find out just how deep it goes.

Now you’re forced to talk without the social accouterments that allow one to disguise their ignorance. You have expended the surface-level topics and in order to continue this “getting to know you” process you must dig deeper.

Surely, every hole has a bottom. But DAMN! ; Anti-intellectualism is killing us!

Yes, girl…you are fine…gorgeous actually. But, your external beauty is a transient thing that has its limits. Sooner or later, a brotha is gonna loose interest in that. I mean, I can only think of two uses for a solely external beauty. On the arm as a trophy and in the bedroom. Where do we go once that’s expended?

I’ve dated a couple of you. You think that your physical beauty is going to carry you through. All your life your head’s been “gassed up” by men – from Daddy, to first love, to all others – proclaiming your beauty. Did they lie? ; Hell naw! ; It is true…physically you are fine. But DAMN! Anti-intellectualism is killing us!

I think I’m gonna start carding women before I date them. I think I need to see library cards. I need to see your personal book catalogues! And, I’m not looking for the latest romance novels, murder mysteries, etc. I wanna see something with some substance…something that’s going to beautify your mind! Ignorance is a contagious disease and I’m fighting hard not to catch it. At first sight of the affliction, I have to run.

There’s something immensely sexy about a woman who’s well read. There’s something alluring about a woman with a book that makes you do some research before you come back to speak with her. There’s an ever-expanding beauty that belongs to the mind.

It’s such a waste of beauty when a beautiful woman does nothing to beautify her mind. It’s such a turn off. It’s, frankly, a waste of time.

So this broad approaches me in the bar and says: “what happened? Why’d you stop calling? I was so looking forward to fu*king you proper…” Another broad @replies me on twitter, “@Jah_Bread, where you been stranger?” Another broad texts me: “so, you not talking to me no more.” So it continues…

And, if you wonder why: “because the broad ain’t have no books…”


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  1. Dr. Goddess 14 years ago

    >This is hilarious. And I LOVE that video. Of course, it was ultimately banned by BET in the ultimate #FAIL but what else is new? I don't have much more to say, as my books stretch across my wall, man… So, uh, sorry to hear about alla that! LOL!

  2. Jabriel Ballentine 14 years ago

    >LMAO! Word…that's why you're Dr. Goddess!

  3. Aisha 14 years ago

    >*screeching halt* someone actually said they would f– you proper???? where do these people come from? madness. sadly, entire grad programs are built on the back of journals and articles. People are expected to read books, but from a very early age, are trained to avoid reading. We teach high school students to skim. We lead college students to journal articles instead of books. We turn grad students into scholars that don't read.
    your post was hilarious. but on a more serious note, while I recognize how precious a well read person might be, be wary of the well read woman who tells you she knows it all and has nothing left to learn.

  4. D. Frierson 14 years ago

    >Damn you hit a on point spot on this one bruh!! I was thinking about the same thing the other day. The only way the library or Borders card can be offset is by a woman being willing to learn and grow in her reading process. on point post!!

  5. Carolyne 12 years ago

    Wow…. I dig it…. I love it… Unfortunately there are many who don’t think this way, male or female… Such a pity, but it is refreshing to see that there are some like-minded individuals out there!

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      Fr. Jabriel 12 years ago

      Indeed…anti-intellectualism is stunting the growth of our society and stagnating our relationships. I don’t know what it’ll take to make a change. What do you think?


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