Saturday, May 08, 2010

Amy Alkon on the "Sausage Lesson": I want to send a team in to rescue this woman's husband, but I suspect he's suffering from the pussywhipped version of Stockholm Syndrome, and would cling to his abuser.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Amy Alkon: "Is there some vast secret swath of female society in America that's been born without the power of speech?"

"...the percentage of unmarried mothers has jumped 11 per cent to a record 41 per cent in less than a decade."

Daily Mail: Women are waiting longer to have children in the U.S. - and a record 41% are unmarried:

Women in the United States are having children later, and fewer of them are married, according to a new report.

The Pew Research Center has found that, since 1990, the percentage of new mothers over the age of 35 has risen by five per cent, while the percentage of unmarried mothers has jumped 11 per cent to a record 41 per cent in less than a decade.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The boy crisis in China

Michael Gurian from the Gurian Institute emails some interesting information about the boy crisis in China:

Last month, I received an email and phone call from Chen Sai, a reporter in China, who writes for Life Week Magazine,

Chen Sai wrote, “I’m working on a cover story about the Boy Crisis in China. During the last 10 years, rapid economical growth and technological progress have changed the way children grow up and socialize themselves in China. Boys have been weakened and alienated by our society to such an extent that their performances are far behind girls in so many levels, which worries and confuses the parents, educators and the whole society.”

Chen Sai and I spoke and corresponded a number of times, and I was honored that the Gurian Institute’s work was noted in the ultimate article, “Saving our Sons” in the 3/20/2010 issue of LifeWeek. Most powerful, however, was the understanding I and our whole GI team gained of what is going on in China, with both boys and girls.

I am in a process of learning more every day about what is happening with Asian boys—Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and elsewhere. I hope you will feel inspired to do the same. Working with Chen Sai has forced me to push beyond any stereotypes I had about other countries and their boys and girls. In China, for instance, I had assumed that boys must be far ahead of girls. That was incorrect on my part.


Monday, May 03, 2010

John Hawkins: Best quotes from Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.

"And now, you will have to pay the price."

Reader Leslie emails a link to the wife of a radio personality who has taken to the internet and airwaves to "train husbands":
Once you learn the secrets of How to Train a Man your relationship will never be the same. No matter what your level of happiness is now, it can be maximized to its full potential by utilizing our simple tips. It’s easy.

When her husband, Bob, who must rake in the bucks from his radio show to put up with this abuse, gets the wrong thing at the grocery store, his wife retorts:
My conclusion: Thank you for going shopping. However, you didn’t get the sausage in the casing because you resent having to go to the grocery store. It’s passive aggressive and uncool.

And now, you will have to pay the price.

Isn't this verbal abuse? Too bad they are not in France where Bob might be able to file charges of verbal abuse, but my guess is Bob sees it as a cute game for the moment but he probably won't when he gets hit with the next divorce.


Sunday, May 02, 2010