Must have been the shot of that puppy. Perhaps the touching togetherness of man and dog.
13 women out of 13 women (13 out of 17 commenters) love our James for his last post Georgie Puppy's Father's day.
They surely haven't read it!
Where the hell is Amy, when you need her so badly?
Exercise 1 my dear lady friends of Open Salon
Copy the text of James' last post to your text processor and cut the pictures.
Please cut the pictures, because they put you on the wrong track.
OK, what do you read now?
There it is: because of his father being in the factory, Obama has not learnt not to send drones to Afpak wedding parties.
I guess, his mum forgot to tell him.
As we can hear from Robert Bly!
The post industrial revolution syndrome of men.
Do I have to continue?
Or, still post industrial revolution kids: Vietnam?
I'm glad I have a European example, because I don't want a fight with you, my dear lady-friends of Open Salon.
In post industrial revolution Germany, before the war, a lot of men were unemployed. They could have been at home to teach their kids the real male values.
But they preferred to go behind Hitler and his gang.
What does that mean: post industrial revolution. Certainly not what Bly thinks. You had centers, the surroundings of cities, where you could meet post industrial revolution characteristics.
That was it. That was all.
Most of the men still around home.
And when men worked en masse in factories and offices: there came feminism. And the women left the house too, starting the generation of latchkey children.
Ever read Annie Proulx’ CLOSE RANGE Wyoming Stories? If you want to meet some men, living in our days but certainly not touched by the industrial revolution circumstances, go and read her stories.
Heinrich Böll, a German writer, has written Haus ohne Hüter, translated as House without Guardians.
It's about the years after the second World War. A lot of families grow up without a father, who didn't return from the battlefields.
Since that time, we in Holland have never had problems with our neighbors.
As Gandhi said of western civilization, that would be a good idea - bildung ohne Väter (upbringing without fathers).
Want to know about my post industrial revolution education.
I had to help my father in the garden, spent a lot of time with him. I worked in my free time for the baker, me and the baker side by side in the bakery. I spent my holidays at the fields: harvesting this and that, always surrounded by men.
I had five (5!) sisters. I can't recall a single moment in my education that I was alone with one of them to learn about life.
At school? Always instructed by male teachers.
(Sorry, some girl - not a mature woman - did the kindergarten.)
She published once a post telling us about 10 different surveys on 10 different activities, which told us that women are better than men. (I can't find the post anymore, I think she has deleted it.) I don't believe in that kind of research, but it is an encouraging misbelief for those women who do not want to be blamed for all the misery of the twentieth century.
Exercise 2 my dear ladies.
America has Robert Bly.
Germany has Günter Grass.
Günter Grass wrote Der Butt. Title of the English translation: The Flounder. The book tells a story about an artist, his chat with the flounder, and his nine (9) cooking women. The story runs from prehistoric times until 1970.
It's also about myth and man. Just a bit different from Bly.
Go to the shop, buy it, and read it.
(I have to say: I looked in vain for these two German novelists, Böll and Grass, when I visited the library of my dear friend James.)
Yes, I know: American men like a visit now and then to the psychotherapist. Small wonder that the book of Robert Bly was an immense success: 62 weeks on the NYT Best Seller list.
No, wait, I have a better idea.
Exercise 2.1 dear ladies.
Every one of you takes a turn in reading to James a chapter of The Flounder, every evening before he goes to bed.
(Don't forget to give him a good-night kiss before you leave.)
Because he has to know that he must dump that Ayatollah, the Ecclesiast Bly, these reprehensible views on men and education.
He must know ... in order to prevent possible damage in the relationship with his sisters.
I know, I can tell him. He will listen, he's my friend.
But it's your task. You are the victim here.
Besides: I am a man. Education and men, pre or post industrial revolution: a non-starter.
Exercise 3 my dear ladies.
This is my open call.
Where the hell is Safe_Bet's Army? Where are all those self-assured, assertive, independent women of Open Salon.
So, make yourself heard.
Write an essay.
Teach that Bly dude a lesson or two.
And don't forget to include "your own men" Thatcher and Merkel.