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Twilight, cont.

June 30, 2010



SEE the ongoing discussion about Twilight. Readers disagree with Fitzgerald’s claim that the book feeds unwholesome desires in women.

Vanessa writes, “Feminists actually really hate those books. It’s such effective emotional porn because it speaks to women’s innate wish to be desired, protected, and dominated by a strong and morally-upright man.”

She adds: “I think we can all agree that there is pornography, and then there is pornography. I think young women reading Twilight is comparable to young men watching an action film in which “the hero gets the girl,” like Spiderman. Those sexual fantasies are a matched pair, aren’t they?”


The Enlightened Female Boss, Part II

June 30, 2010


LAST WEEK, a reader wrote in and told a shocking story about a female boss, a woman who actually suggested the reader get an abortion to keep her job in accounting. This was an unflattering story about a woman. I apologize if I gave the impression that every single female boss is mean.

I personally know some women bosses who are understanding and kind, as well as smart and authoritative. I would like to offer a story about one of these heroic women in order to rectify any bias I may have displayed.

There was a man, we’ll call him George, who used to lay out snacks for his fellow workers at 5 p.m. every day on his desk in a large, heartless corporate office. Read More »


No Freedom Until There are More Women Lawyers

June 30, 2010


HOW IS IT that a confirmation hearing for a female Supreme Court justice becomes an occasion for lamenting how much women are held back? The goofy senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, and Elena Kagan agree that women still have a long way to go. And, so we have the strange spectacle of powerful women telling the nation that women are not powerful.

Although half, and at some schools more than half, of all law school students are women, the dearth of women law partners is a sign that women have it harder than men, the two women stated. “The best thing we could do as a society is to try and enable women … to manage those balances… [and] the desire to have a fulfilling professional life and a wonderful family life,” said Kagan at her Senate confirmation hearing today. Perhaps we could manage for everybody to be rich and have a wonderful love life too.

“Manage those balances” is code for more free child care and less, or “flexible,” work for lawyers who are mothers. “Balance” is feministspeak for handing your children over to the care of others.

Do these women ever talk to other women? If they did, they would know there are not more female law partners because most women do not want to be lawyers who work ten hours a day. They want to marry lawyers who work ten hours a day.

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Sacred Architecture and Locomotion

June 30, 2010



Here are two pictures for your amusement. One is a church in Italy and the other a prop from Star Wars. 




The Liberal and Illiberal Arts

June 30, 2010


THE OBJECT of education is to teach us to love Beauty,” said Plato. Aristotle claimed it was to make us “feel joy and grief at the right things.”

John Henry Newman said liberal arts education is the process by which the intellect “is disciplined for its own sake, for the perception of its own object and for its own highest culture.” The idea that the well-rounded person requires a period in early adulthood devoted to high culture and works of demanding abstraction runs through the long course of Western civilization.

The “philosophical habit of mind,” Newman said,  is the highest benefit of higher education. The term liberal arts comes from the artes liberales of classical antiquity, which stood for the artistic and scientific pursuits of free men as opposed to slaves. Freedom required cultivation of the mind in a small minority. The term was used in the Middle Ages to refer to the study of grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, and music.  

What is liberal arts today? Given the vocational trend and that students at most colleges choose their own courses, it is rare that they receive either education for its own sake or a rigorous immersion in all things that are important. Imagine the wasted dollars. Today the liberal arts stands, as Allan Bloom aptly noted, for the closing of the American mind.

Daniel Mitsui

Daniel Mitsui


A Victory in the War Against Men in France

June 30, 2010


AS REPORTED by the New York Times, the French Parliament has just passed a law that makes “psychological violence” a punishable criminal offense. The law is explictly aimed at meeting the complaints of women against their husbands and male partners. Feminists grow ever more bold and totalitarian in their aims. Read More »


Catholic Feminism and the Popes

June 30, 2010


CATHOLIC FEMINISTS may look to the writings of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI to support their view that careerism and feminist interpretations of history are compatible with their faith. But how do they reconcile this stance with unambiguous statements to the contrary by previous popes? As noted by Allan Carlson, and discussed today at Throne and Altar: Read More »

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