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Daily Archives: June 26th, 2012

Father and Daughter

    INGRES, as 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 […]

Artificial Wombs, Sexbots and the Men’s Rights Movement

  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 […]

Fighting Feminist Discrimination in Britain

  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 […]

Request from a Reader

  THOMAS F. BERTONNEAU writes: 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.

A Soldier Then — And Now

  PAUL writes: My brother was a combat medic in Vietnam. I don’t ask him about his horrific experiences, but they come out from time to time. He recently told me about his platoon crossing a river and trying to avoid huge Chinese claymore mines (much bigger than American claymores). His platoon used makeshift flotation […]

Before There Was Chick Lit

  PENNY writes: Your recent entry on women who want to have it all made me think of the author Emilie Loring. She wrote romances from the 1930s through the ’50s. Her heroines were spirited, can-do women who tried to make the world a better place. They had a sense of humor, were loving, and believed in […]