Wu Ting
How would you interpret the “gynecological hang-up” in the context? How would you interpret the “gynecological hang-up” in the fifth sentence? In the previous context, it says that his mother, because of cancer, had had her uterus removed. Thank you. PS: the excerpt is taken from “Uterus” written by an Israeli author, Etgar Keret. the context: Eventually my mother died. Eventually all mothers die. And my dad became a famous arctic explorer and whaler. The girls I dated always used to take it the wrong way when I’d peek at their uterus. They thought it was some kind of gynecological hang-up, which is a definite turnoff. But one of them, with a really nice bod, agreed to marry me. I used to spank our kids a lot, right from infancy, because their crying got on my nerves. And the truth is they learned their lesson fast, and stopped crying for good by the time they were nine months, if not earlier. In the beginning I’d take them to the museum on their birthdays, to show them their grandmother’s uterus, but they didn’t really get into it, and my wife would be pissed off, so little by little I started taking them to Walt Disney movies instead.
Jun 24, 2019 4:26 AM
Answers · 2
A 'gynecological hang-up' in this context means some form of obsessive, not natural interest in matters relating to gynecology. Having a 'hang-up' of one sort or another can be perceived anywhere from neutral to negative from the other person. Here, the sentence goes on to say that he thought the girls were not impressed with his obsession.
June 24, 2019
It seems that he used to look at his girlfriends' bodies with the same attitude with which a gynecologist looks at a patient, and that that upset them (not unexpectedly).
June 24, 2019
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