Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 

Dedicated to the wonderful Dr. Spo, aka blogger Michael Rockwell who only wears regular ties for Casual Friday.

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While the Republicans deny any "War Against Women," the following is worth considering (thanks to Marlene Lein on Facebook):
   
Wisconsin Lawmaker: If You Are Being Beaten, Just Remember the Things You Love About Your Husband

by Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief, RH Reality Check  March 23, 2012 

If you need any further proof that we are in the midst of a full-on patriarchal biblical-religious war on women, a Wisconsin lawmaker is happy to provide it.  According to Yahoo News, Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore helpfully suggests that, rather than divorcing an abusive spouse, you should try to remember the things you love about the guy while he is beating you up.
In Wisconsin -- yes, the same state where lawmakers have introduced a bill penalizing single mothers for being unmarried -- a Republican state representative has come out against divorce for any reason -- even domestic abuse.
Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands, Representative Don Pridemore said. "If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help," he told a local news station.
Pridemore -- who, coincidentally, is a co-sponsor of Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman's "being single causes child abuse" bill as well as a controversial voter ID bill that was ruled unconstitutional earlier this week.
Grothman now asserts that not only is single parenthood a factor in child abuse, women in particular are to blame for it.  Basically, if you are female, Mr. Grothman and Mr. Pridemore feel you are worthless once you leave the delivery room. According to Yahoo, "while [Pridemore] thinks women are capable of caring for a family "in certain situations," fathers are the only ones who provide structure and discipline. If they don't grow up with married biological parents, Pridemore says, "kids tend to go astray."  Uh-huh.  And what's his excuse?

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The new workbench with attachable table saw unit that I put together out of scrap wood in the upstairs shop down at Fritz's Center.  The first project will be upholstering the French Bergere armchair that I recently has repaired and rebuilt.

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The Gay and Lesbian Review gave such a positive review to this recently published biography of the famed English writer, that I bought it immediately.  It was of particular interest to me because while I've seen several movies made from E.M. Forster's novels, most notably Merchant & Ivory's Maurice, I have never read any of his work.  Fairly early in life I had begun to focus on history and biography, and then during my active career on play scripts and related research,  so that it's only recently that I've been reading novels with any degree of regularity.

While Forster was more or less openly gay, or at least as out as a generation of gay men traumatized by Oscar Wilde's trial and imprisonment could be, The G&L Review pointed out that Forster's homosexuality had not been sufficiently integrated into the work of previous biographers.  Ms Moffat, by contrast, is thorough in tracing incidents and individuals in Forster's life that found their way into his characters' lives, and she chronicles his journey from hesitant entry into a public career to influential gay icon on four continents compellingly.  Along the way are portraits of fascinating figures such as Edward Carpenter and George Merrill, English Socialists who managed to live openly as gay lovers in a countryside village; Constantine Cavafy, who lived above a male brothel in Alexandria, and whose homoerotic poems Forster introduced to the English-speaking world by getting them translated and published; Forster's various lovers in India and Egypt; and a number of American gay artists and activists like Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes and Lincoln Kirstein -- even Dr. Kinsey, researching the lives and sexual practices of gay men, was part of the scene.

For an American, however, the most interesting revelations may be in the early chapters dealing with Forster's university days at Cambridge.  Strictly male environments (the very few female students were segregated from the campus as much as possible), the English universities fostered close bonds among students, and between students and the all-male faculty, to the point of affection and beyond.  They were, in effect, extremely efficient engines for producing and releasing large numbers of young homosexual men into an officially and legally homophobic society just waiting to destroy them should they slip up and be detected.  Hypocrisy on a massive scale is obvious: a vast number of England's greatest and most revered writers, actors, musicians, playwrights, painters, politicians, scientists, Kings and Queens, and others -- going back to the nation's earliest days -- were homosexual.

Though he struggled with his courage most of his life, Forster became a quiet but highly influential force for changing all that.

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Comments:
Another motto:
" the majority of men who wear bow ties wear them for the majority of men do not."

Bowties are cool.
 
That new workbench looks perfect for spousal abuse...
 
I never thought of that Stephen -- with the table saw unit placed as it is, one could replicate the scene in -- is it Goldfinger? -- in which Mr. Connery is being sent, split-legged, right into the whirring blade.
 
To replicate that scene, you'd need a laser and a large block of gold to strap Fritz onto. (I'm not really a movie trivia prig, but sometimes I appear to be;-)
 
You might want to start with Howard's End. It's my favorite Forster.
 
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