The Thinking 

A Not-Very-Benevolent Sexist Pig

December 1, 2012


READERS are racking up very poor scores in the sexism test mentioned in the previous entry. Terry Morris comes in at the very bottom on his “benevolent sexism” score.

Mr. Morris writes:

I often act as though I’m going to be a gentleman and hold the door open for my wife, then suddenly close it in her face just as she is about to go through. The more people there are around to witness this, the more likely I am to do it. But she’s starting to catch on. Read More »


Why Marry?

December 1, 2012


IN PENNSYLVANIA, a “single mother” who earns $29,000 a year takes home a total of $57,326, counting welfare subsidies and benefits, according to a state official quoted in The Delaware County Times. A single mother who earns $69,000 takes home $57,045.

Imagine if the same level of support were given instead to couples who had been married for a minimum of four years and had two or more children. There would be a rise in fertility and an explosion in the numbers of women who could stay home. I’m not advocating that kind of state support, but just illustrating how much the government encourages family breakdown and how we all pay for it.

Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge goes into these numbers and their effect on motivation in detail.

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December 1, 2012


The Deceitfulness of Riches, Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, 1901


What Narcissism Does to a Woman’s Face

December 1, 2012


KIDIST PAULOS ASRAT in a post about celebrity women writes that the actress Keira Knightly, who is now starring in Anna Karenina for those who can stomach itbrought a “pouty narcissism” to the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. She writes about the photos below:

Left is English actress Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet in a serious moment, and right is Keira Knightly also trying to evoke a similar serious turn as Elizabeth Bennet. Who looks more authentic? Who looks more mature? Read More »


Single Mother, Beaten Child

December 1, 2012


JAMES N. writes:

There are many crimes which, although I would not actually do them, I can imagine how the perpetrator came to commit the crime. There are some crimes for which I can say, “there but for the grace of God go I.”

But I cannot fathom the common scenario where a woman takes on a boyfriend who then murders or abuses her child.

And yet, this is quite common. The most dangerous place in the world for a child is in a home where his mother is cohabiting with a boyfriend. On the other hand, violence against children by their father’s girlfriend is almost nonexistent.

Nevertheless, we (society) exercises a strong, strong preference for the extremely dangerous single mother/boyfriend household over the single father household. Here is a link to the latest one of these crimes. Read More »


Two Men and a Dream Wedding

December 1, 2012


JULIA writes:

A relative of mine recently got married to his partner in an upscale, expensive same-sex wedding ceremony. I saw the pictures from the wedding and I was struck by the blank look on his face in one photo after another. It was supposed to be the happiest day of his life, one he waited so long for, but he was expressionless, like he could not believe he had just married another man.

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Life with a Dog

December 1, 2012


JANE R. writes:

I just finished listening to This American Life with Ira Glass on public radio. I want to steal a minute and tell you about the episode. Ira Glass was being interviewed on his own show. I missed the introduction to the show and assumed they were talking about a child with physical and emotional troubles. Turns out they were talking about his and his wife’s dog! Yes, the iconic Ira Glass (born 1959), the master of political correctness, has no children and has devoted his life towards caring for an emotionally disturbed dog with serious allergies. Liberalism at its finest. A whole branch of the Glass family tree ends with a dog.

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