We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The world of gender studies has never before had to confront anyone quite like this solitary rogue male professor of politics. Critics will rail against his excesses and feminists will be indignant and offended. But many women will be charmed by his effrontery, and grateful for the truth and wisdom in Mansfield's elegant treatise.
Every guy aspires to be a strong, gallant, valiant fellow. It's not easy to do.
My thought today is that Gary Locke the new ambassador to China will have the most devastating impact on Japan's recovery. Mr. Locke is former Governor of WA state (where they do not believe in elected officials). During Mr. Locke's reign there only the port of Seattle and the government of China were his primary focus. Mr. Locke doesn't give a damn about democracy, or the US. Having him as the liason between China, Japan, and Obama is the far greater tragedy in my humble opinion!
I always appreciate gallantry in men. However, I am reminded of a story from some years back.
Seems there was a union convention and, after the dinner, one of the union executives was at the podium talking about how the unions protected women by not allowing them to do overly heavy or dirty work. A woman unionist stood up, stopped the man in mid-speech, called over the waitress clearing tables during the speech, and demanded a pair of scales. Turns out the tray the waitress was carrying was - by union rules - far to heavy to be woman's work. So gallantry can be two-edged.
The last bastion of gallantry toward women in this country is the United States military, I think [and the maggiesfarmers, of course]. And that gallantry is extended not just to pretty young girls, but also to fragile, cranky old women. I have been and am still incredibly grateful that this is so. Today's aggressive feminists have made it so difficult for men to express their natural courtesy toward women. They never know when some hyper-aggressive Superwoman is going to take offense at a kindly offer to open a door, or lift a suitcase down from an overhead compartment. No wonder they get confused, and want to construct man-caves where at least they can relax for a little while instead of having to try to figure out what the women in their lives are offended by this time.