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Daily Archives: January 5th, 2010

A Vindication of the Sensibility of Woman

In 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote her now famous treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she strenuously argued for the education of women. If the minds of women were cultivated, they would be less likely to be “blown about by every momentary gust of feeling.” They would care less about the trivialities of fashion and […]

The Male with No Plumage

Here is a picture taken a few years ago of Bill Gates and other Microsoft executives. I chose it because it seemed to typify the dress of men today, the schleppy, non-descript, I-wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly look. The wealthiest man in the world exhibits not the slightest hint of male authority or masculine bravado. Now here is a picture of a Roman […]

Emmie’s Choice

  Why would a healthy, affluent, college-educated 22-year-old woman decide to abort her child when there are thousands of infertile couples clamoring for newborns and adoption agencies offering to pay all expenses during pregnancy and birth? There are three major reasons: 1. Childbirth, even when it entails no further responsibilities, awakens femininity. Two people are born at birth: the mother and the […]