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The scorpion and the lobster

One thing that's really cool about Greenhunk, but can be a little weird for me, is how completely comfortable he is with platonic relationships with women. It's like, of all people I know, he genuinely does not ever seem to have internalized misogyny . To him, women are people, so they're potentially friends just as much as anyone else, but there's nothing sexual about the way he relates to other women. Women have actually commented to me before that they feel more comfortable around him than most guys. But sometimes I just have a hard time believing it even when I see it, because I've never met a straight guy who is capable of having truly platonic relationships with women before the past few years. I usually feel more comfortable when I know the women he's friends with too, which always happens eventually, but he's always making new friends. Last night we were talking about this and he told me this story.

"Have you ever heard the story about the scorpion and the fox? They were trying to cross a river. The scorpion offered to let the fox ride on his back, and the fox said, 'No! You'll sting me.' The scorpion said, 'No I won't, I want to get across the river too.' So the fox agreed. Halfway across the river the scorpion stung the fox. The fox asked, 'Why did you do that? Now we're both going to die.' The scorpion said, 'I don't know, it's just my nature.' ...But some scorpions are just lobsters." And then he imitated a lobster. I about died.


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