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The Tragic Loss of the Maternal Bond

April 12, 2011

 

JILL FARRIS writes:

I agree that it is a lack of bonding that leads to these tragedies, such as the mother who left her baby in the car. I remember a close relative who had a baby (a “wanted and planned” baby) in her mid-thirties and was not prepared for how hard it would be to leave her baby with her well-paid nanny to go back to work. I spoke to her the week she was done with her maternity pay and she sobbed over the phone about how much she was going to miss her baby. Read More »

 

Powerful Mother, Pretty Son

April 12, 2011

  

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IN A NEW ad for J.Crew, the company’s president and creative director Jenna Lyons paints her son’s toenails pink. She says, “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” A majority of FOX News Twitter users polled on the story said they did not disapprove.

Notice the boy’s hair too, part of the latest preference for girlish styles in boys. My son’s barber told me of a horrible incident in which a mother came in with her son, who was about nine, and insisted he keep his hair long despite the boy’s tearful protests.                                                Read More »

 

Death by Distraction

April 12, 2011

 

HERE IS another one of those cases of fatal distraction, similar to ones discussed here before. A Puerto Rican doctor was on her way to work when she forgot that her baby was in the car. She returned to her parked vehicle hours later to discover the baby dead.

This mother is to be pitied. She must pay the ultimate penalty for accepting an artificial way of life that is approved of and celebrated everywhere.

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From Suave to Slovenly

April 12, 2011

 

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MRS. H. writes:

Related to your and your readers’ complaints of modern dress is the topic of grooming. People, either out of laziness, ignorance, or for shock, do not groom themselves. I’m not against beards (my own husband has a fine one), but you should trim it. There are undergarments ladies can wear to better fit their clothes. And a lot of people could familiarize themselves with hairbrushes.

Here are two photos of the actors and actresses of the cable show “Mad Men,” in their modern appearance and in their costumes. Read More »

 

A Look at Government Spending

April 12, 2011

 

JESSE POWELL writes:

There has been so much talk of the federal budget and the deficit due to the threatened government shutdown that I thought your readers might be interested in some historical background on these issues.

In fiscal year 1930, before the Great Depression gathered momentum, the federal government ran a budget surplus of 0.8 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product); it took in 4.2 percent of GDP in taxes and spent 3.4 percent of GDP. At the depth of the Great Depression, in fiscal year 1934, the government ran a deficit of 5.9 percent of GDP (4.8 percent of GDP in taxes and 10.7 percent of GDP in spending). The government ran huge budget deficits during World War II, peaking at 30.3 percent of GDP in 1943, but by 1947 the government’s budget was in surplus and the debt from World War II started to shrink in relation to the size of the economy. Read More »

 

When Even Diapers Show

April 12, 2011

 

KAREN I. writes:

The adults shown in the pictures in your post may be “unintentionally naked” but they should have had a clue that their outfits could cause them to be exposed. The truly “unintentionally naked” are little girls whose mothers dress them in the revealing trash that is for sale in most popular stores these days. 

Most of the clothes for little girls is awful, and it starts with babies. To illustrate my point, I am sending a picture of one of Old Navy’s current offerings for infants, which is a ruffled polka dot bikini. I have seen babies in these things at the beach and it is sad. Not only is way too much of their delicate skin exposed, their little bellies stick out and their diapers show.

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Modesty vs. Shame

April 12, 2011

 

VISHAL MEHRA writes:

Regarding the recent discussion of the shamefulness of being pregnant, it is useful to read C.S. Lewis’s “Introduction to Paradise Lost,” in which he talks about how Milton handled pre-Fall sexuality.

Now by Christian doctrine, bodily shame is excluded pre-Fall but per Lewis, a certain bashfulness is not excluded and is entirely appropriate. This is the bashfulness we feel when we are praised or when a lover seeks us. C.S. Lewis says this feeling appears whenever a subject is made into an object.

So a pregnant woman may be expected to feel bashful, which is appropriate, and the family would be appropriately protective of the modesty. However, shame would be an incorrect attitude, both on the part of pregnant lady and the family. By the way, Lewis thought that Milton was not too successful in describing pre-Fall sexuality. His Adam is altogether lacking in modesty while Eve is too coy.

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