To be truly feminine is to live life as art.
–thus a pseudonymous scribbler
“I, for my wife, the sun uphold,” Robert Louis Stevenson wrote. (more…)
Most of the other jokes about this are even worse.
So why link such vulgar material at our genteel blog? Well, we’re observers of culture and cultural decadence, and the fact that the fertility idols of the ancient world have made a comeback seems noteworthy.
Except, given the setting, perhaps these are better described as infertility idols.
“With Christian or Jewish presuppositions, or indeed Muslim, then if you believe in what it says in Genesis 1 about God making heaven and earth—and the binaries in Genesis are so important—that heaven and earth, and sea and dry land, and so on and so on, and you end up with male and female. It’s all about God making complementary pairs which are meant to work together. The last scene in the Bible is the new heaven and the new earth, and the symbol for that is the marriage of Christ and his church. It’s not just one or two verses here and there which say this or that. It’s an entire narrative which works with this complementarity so that a male-plus-female marriage is a signpost or a signal about the goodness of the original creation and God’s intention for the eventual new heavens and new earth.”
Scholar NT Wright explains marriage, and gay marriage and scripture
Men need achievement. They need to earn respect. But when men get together to start striving and doing, they often get absurd. Everyone who’s spent time there knows the workplace is just a bit ridiculous. Even workplaces with bona-fide valuable missions: when I was in the military I estimated it was about 3/4ths farce, except not played for laughs.
I wonder if men need women to bring them back to earth sometimes. When you’re a kid, you play dress up at home. When you’re grown, you come home so you can stop playing dress up.
John C. Wright’s book Awake in the Night Land is out.
I can’t really express how good it is. This is a book that I will be rereading and thinking about for the rest of my life. It is a book that made my eyes shine when my wife walked into the room. It is touched with holiness. (more…)
Modesty is to women as chivalry is to men.
-Thus Calculated Bravery.
The idea is that chivalry is the disciplined and God-fearing use of male power, whereas modesty is the disciplined and God-fearing use of female power.
Two detective novels I read recently unexpectedly had passages on being in love. (more…)
Bruce Charlton takes a clever little bit of battle-of-the-sexes persiflage and finds some meaningful and useful wisdom about why men and women are they way they are. Recommended.
“Men and women are different,” I said. “What are some examples from scriptures of men and women taking on different roles?” Then I sat back. Under the new Mormon youth curriculum, you can do that sort of thing. (more…)