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For Women Journalists in Egypt, a Rite of Passage

June 30, 2012


ADITYA B. writes:

Yet another foolish white woman has, in her own words, suffered a “horrific sexual and physical attack in Tahrir Square.” There’s something about the prospect of “horrific sexual and physical attack[s]” in the line of duty that seems to almost – dare I say it – arouse the white careerist?

White women don’t venture into Mestizo and black territory for pleasure because there is not glory in being raped in the pursuit of hedonism. However, when such dangers are part and parcel of achieving some sort of “glory” in pursuit of career that seems to act as a stimulant. Read More »


Before the Forest Was Feminized

June 30, 2012


Wenatchee National Forest, Washington; 1936

THE U.S. National Forest Service website has lots of interesting historic photos such as these of men working the woods, clearing land, building trails and fighting fires. Before it became a bureaucratic hellhole that routinely turns away and demoralizes the people most interested in and suited to the rigors of forest work, the Forest Service offered great opportunities for those (almost always men) who wanted to work the land for the summer or build an entire career related to preserving, maintaining, studying and planning forest lands. Now, as described in Christopher Burchfield’s excellent book,  The Tinder Boxlongtime forest employees fantasize of early retirement. They long to get away from the inefficiency and irrationality of a fanatically egalitarian organization. Young men, especially white men, who would otherwise be interested in jobs in the local forest dismiss the possibility. The Forest Service brings in people from far away to meet its quotas.

The state-enforced denial of sex differences is so far-reaching that this country’s natural resources are threatened. Equality is an all-consuming project. According to Burchfield, the forests are more neglected and more prone to devastating fires than they were before class action suits changed everything. The irony is that few women enjoy wielding chain saws or fighting raging infernos. Everything was turned upside down so women could do these very things.

Mt. Hood National Forest, 1943



Why a Constitution at all?

June 29, 2012


HERE IS a concise and well-written statement by Thomas Patrick Burke of the Wynnewood Institute on why the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare is wrong:

What is the purpose of a constitution? It is to limit the powers of government, for otherwise there is no necessary limit to them. Some people believe the purpose of a constitution is to create a government in the first place. But a government can be created without any constitution. The feudal governments of earlier times had no constitutions. Read More »


Madonna, the Occult and Mind Control

June 29, 2012



THE VIGILANT CITIZEN analyzes Madonna’s recent tour:

People have come to expect controversy from Madonna, but this is not simply controversy for the sake of it like she used to do in the 90′s. Nope, this is symbolic and calculated controversy, engineered to carry all of the Illuminati’s messages. …. Read More »


A Whole Week of July Fourth

June 28, 2012


AT a new traditionalist blog called The Americanist, Pilgrim’s Pride writes:

Celebrations and remembrances have begun in earnest, here on the Philadelphia Main Line. Because so much history was made between here and Philadelphia, the townships and boroughs are forced to stagger their official observances simply to ration the available supply of marching bands, fireworks companies, WWII veterans, and enthusiastic Americans to watch them. Read More »


Defunct America, Bright Hopes

June 28, 2012


AT VFR, Kevin V. writes:

The key barrier to the nationalist message reaching vast swathes of our people is the illusion of conservative and Republican dissent. Only the nationalist understanding properly explains these things that trouble ordinary conservatives so. Read More »


Why You Are Demoralized

June 28, 2012


ALAN ROEBUCK, the eloquent Calvinist, writes at The Orthosphere that most people in the modern world are profoundly demoralized. He recommends they discover a lost civilization — their own.

In his essay “Why You Are Demoralized and What You Can Do About It,” he writes:

You are demoralized because, first, the authorities say you must be nonjudgmental. This means (whether they admit it or not) that everything is equally valuable, which means (although they’ll never admit it) that everything is equally worthless. Read More »


TV: The Obsolete Invention

June 28, 2012


NBC will be introducing a sitcom in September about two homosexual men trying to start a family together. The show will be called (what else?) “The New Normal.”  A commenter at writes:

Who in their right minds even has a TV set to watch this stuff on anymore anyway. Who cares? This is like complaining that there are nakid (sic) women in Playboy. That’s another “big duh.” There is no reason to have “TV” in your house anymore, and if you insist on it then this is what is going to be on it!

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As the Church Goes, So Goes America

June 28, 2012


SJF writes:

I just realized, the HHS Mandate is being imposed by a Catholic (Kathleen Sebelius), and Obamacare was upheld by the swing vote of another Catholic (Chief Justice John Roberts). Roberts is a practicing Catholic who faithfully attends Mass at his parish in Maryland. We’re committing suicide as a Church and as a country. Unbelievable.

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The Wisdom of the Amish

June 28, 2012


THE AMISH are officially exempt from Obamacare mandates because of their longtime refusal to participate in major health insurance plans. The Amish save and collectively support individuals in need of medical care. On this principle of independence and interdependence, they are eminently wise.

Contrast that with the stance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which even today, despite the prospect of Catholic hospitals and agencies being forced to pay for contraceptives and abortifacients, still blithely endorses nationalized medicine. As a commenter writes at the USCC blog:

If the use of this term [universal health care] means that the Church otherwise supports “Obamacare,” which is government dictating (gov. already does this) to insurance companies their coverage and to medical doctors procedures and groups of persons to be covered, I would then posit that the Church no longer views humans as individuals with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, but rather as members of groups with “rights” according to group membership. Read More »


No Place to Hide from Socialized Medicine

June 28, 2012


KEN KLUKOWSKI, legal counsel for the Family Research Council, writes:

The Supreme Court has today given the federal government unlimited authority to use its tax power to require Americans to engage in specific commercial activity. The obvious implication is chilling: Uncle Sam can make you buy anything, at any price, for any reason. Read More »


Surrounded by Fun

June 28, 2012


ALAN writes:

In regard to people wearing vapid smiles in photographs:

A bank in St. Louis produced a flier promoting auto loans. It depicted a young, bearded male (to say “man” would be absurd), gripping a steering wheel, and wearing blue jeans, baseball cap, orange jacket, jogging shoes with orange laces, and an inane smile. Read More »


Obamacare Stands

June 28, 2012


FROM the Associated Press:

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The decision means the historic overhaul will continue to go into effect over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling also handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.


Women’s Tennis: All Skin and Grunts

June 28, 2012


Maria Sharapova

USA TODAY reports:

A plan to crack down on ultra-loud grunting in women’s tennis has been “unanimously green-lighted” by the WTA players’ council, representatives from all four majors and the International Tennis Federation, according to USA Today.

“It’s time for us to drive excessive grunting out of the game for future generations,” WTA CEO Stacey Allaster told the publication.

Women athletes are so driven to display brawn and aggression that far more than a ban on excessive grunting will do the job for future generations. At this rate, there will be no future generations.


Father and Daughter

June 26, 2012



INGRESas we have discussed before, was famous for his portraits, including official portraits of Napoleon and idealistic renderings of nineteenth-century European artistocrats. While living in Rome, he also executed many drawings of wealthy tourists, usually family portraits full of character and charm. Here is his drawing of Charles Hayard and his daughter, Marguerite, a work which captures the subtle tenderness between a father and his child. The girl depicted  is precocious, intelligent and clearly proud of her father. They seem utterly comfortable in each other’s arms. Ingres was fascinated with the clothing of the period and its interplay with personality. Here, the father’s stiff high collar and military cuffs  contrast with the slim, fragile child he clasps. The drawing examines the ever-powerful tension between masculine and feminine, both necessary and incomplete. Neither smiles here, at least not in the way we tend to think of smiles today; both are content.

Ingres is famous for saying, “Le dessin c’est la probité de l’art,” or “Drawing is the probity of Art,” so great was his conviction regarding the power of the simple outline. One of his inspirations was the British sculptor and illustrator John Flaxman, whose illustrations of Homer’s poems captured action and personality with simple outline and silhouette. How is it possible that lines on paper can bring so much to life?

Odysseus in the Underworld, John Flaxman, 1792

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Artificial Wombs, Sexbots and the Men’s Rights Movement

June 26, 2012


IZZY, who is 17 years old and lives in Canada, writes:

There is a contingent within the Men’s Rights Movement, which can be found in various places on the Internet, that pushes the idea of artificial wombs. They say that selectively choosing boys over girls is a good thing. They actually advocate exterminating one sex. To state this simple fact will incite rage, name-calling, and the oh-so-tired label of “feminist”from the Men’s Right Movement. One must ask, however, what makes them speak this way? It may be obvious to say, but most MRAs (Men’s Rights Activists) are young men who have had no success with women, and so hate them for denying them. Though this is a foolish way to judge someone, it is one of the reasons why they think they way they do. Instead of seeking better opportunities, they flock to the idea that to get rid of all women is the best thing. Read More »


Fighting Feminist Discrimination in Britain

June 26, 2012


FEMINISTS, such as Anne-Marie Slaughter, often claim that  companies have an obligation to create an equal number of positions for men and women because equality is profitable. The expenses of accommodating women employees in demanding jobs, so the argument goes, are ultimately compensated. If employees devote much less time to their jobs and are often distracted, productivity increases.

This fantastical argument, rehashed in Slaughter’s latest piece in The Atlantic, defies common sense. It has also been refuted. See British academic Catherine Hakim’s long report on the subject.

Despite the many forces pushing equality, there is virtually no organized resistance to this flawed thinking and the coercive project of workforce quotas. There is promising news, however, from Britain. A businessman, Mike Buchanan, has started a new organization, Campaign for Merit in Business, to resist “positive discrimination for women.” He writes:

The reasons for the ‘imbalances’ between the numbers of men and women in the senior reaches of organisations in general, and in the boardroom in particular, are very well understood, although not widely understood. They’re attributable (as are phenomena such as the ‘gender pay gap’) to the choices freely made by men and women with regard to the world of work and have nothing to do with discrimination against women.

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Request from a Reader

June 26, 2012



My computer catastrophe of last Thursday wiped out all my e-mail records including my e-mail addresses. I am asking my correspondents to e-mail me at so that I might rebuild my address book. About a dozen of the friendliest ones are regular readers of The Thinking Housewife.

Thank you.

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