When I step back and try to accept it as a metaphor, I still don't get it. I don't get stressed very often (though I may be a carrier :-)), so I don't often feel that things are closing in, getting uncomfortably hot, or in other ways getting airless. So it may just be a peculiarity of me.
However, as I have started to listen for people talking about "getting oxygen from" something or other, it strikes me that the expression is used primarily by women.
This idea led immediately to the Oxygen cable network, which is aimed at women.
Geraldine Laybourne, founder of Oxygen,
christened the network "Oxygen" because she believes that in today's frenetic society every woman needs to take a deep breath. To drive home the point, Oxygen's daily programming cycle begins with Inhale, a yoga class, and ends with Exhale, a talk show hosted by Candice Bergen.
Oxygen debuted on the symbolic date of February 2, 2000 – 02/02.
So, what do you think? Is "getting oxygen" a distinctively female metaphor for help in reducing stress? Do people also talk about "giving oxygen" to others? If it is distinctively female, why?