The Hammer Looks Back (for Milan) [18:08] 34.8Mb

The Hammer Looks Back

'The male glance has often been described. It is commonly said to rest coldly on a woman, measuring, weighing, evaluating, selecting her - in other words, turning her into an object.

'What is less commonly known is that a woman is not competely defenseless against that glance. If it turns her into an object, then she looks back at the man with the eyes of an object. It is though a hammer had suddenly grown eyes and stare up at the worker pounding a nail with it. When the worker ses the evil eye of the hammer, he loses his self-assurance and slams it on his thumb.

'The worker may be the hammer’s master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.' -- Milan Kundera, 'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting'.