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The Sunday Cat attacks December 28, 2008

Filed under: cats,Uncategorized — jj @ 3:44 pm

and attracks four million plus viewers.  Another counter-example to the stereotype!

Entitled:

When cats attack

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the garden.”

 

 

3 Responses to “The Sunday Cat attacks”

  1. hippocampa Says:

    This is one scary bit of video. Does make you wonder about your own cats… are they capable of … THIS!

  2. CCL Says:

    I don’t think of the crazy-cat-lady stereotype as hinging on cats as gentle or otherwise nonthreatening animals. Rather, I think that the stereotype mainly draws on the idea of the old spinster who is poorly socialized and who dotes on her many cats as a result (she talks to them as though they were people, etc.). The eccentricity of the crazy-cat-lady doesn’t have anything to do with cats being meek.

    UrbanDictionary.com suggests this definition:
    “A woman, usually middle-aged or older, who lives alone with no husband or boyfriend, and fills the empty lonely void in her life with as many cats as she can collect in one place.”

    And of course there’s always the famous Simpsons cat-lady:

  3. Calypso Says:

    Hmm, let’s examine the unstated assumptions behind this definition, which I think is probably the correct one of the stereotype.

    “A woman, usually middle-aged or older, who lives alone with no husband or boyfriend, and fills the empty lonely void in her life with as many cats as she can collect in one place.”

    1. The woman who lives alone with no husband or boyfriend probably does so through necessity not choice, i.e., she is unlovable.
    2. The woman who lives alone with no husband or boyfriend therefore has an empty void in her life.
    3. A person has cats as companions in order to fill an empty void in their life.

    Consider some alternatives:
    1. The woman who lives alone does so by choice and feels more free and independent this way.
    2. The woman who lives alone has numerous activities and interests that are fulfilling.
    3. An independent person has cats as companions because they are interesting animals who are also independent, curious, and full of surprises.


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