The Thinking 

May 2, 2012


Girl by the Fireside, Frank Holl

FROM British Paintings.


A Messy Blog

May 2, 2012


SHEFALI writes:

I hope this mail finds you in good health. I have been devouring your writing uninterrupted but have run into a snag. Many of your older, fine posts don’t show up in the labels they should. Or even on search engines when the keywords are typed. Read More »


Should a Childless Woman Work?

May 2, 2012


MARIANNE writes:

I don’t know if you care to address this question, but here it is: what about those of us who are married, but do not have any children, and will not be having any children in the future (not by choice)? What is our role as women, and as wives? Should we be employed full-time in your view? The question is not a trick or trap for you, but something I wonder about.

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Foie Gras for Adults; Canned Junk for Infants

May 2, 2012


MARY writes:

I find it odd that a woman like Elizabeth Badinter, who hails from a country as proud of their traditions of food and wine and meal-taking as the French are, would have a problem with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and social meal-taking are some of the lovely, natural goods of life that rejuvenate and sustain us. Should wine be sold in six-packs? Shall we eat most of our meals in the car, on the run to the next big meeting? Read More »


The Deceptions of Elizabeth Badinter

May 2, 2012


IN HER book, The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women, Elizabeth Badinter is guilty of outright distortion on a number of issues. Foremost among these is the issue of the French fertility rate. Badinter makes much of the fact that the fertility of French women is higher than that of other European women (even though it is still below replacement level.) She dismisses the statistical significance of immigrant fertility. Read More »