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The End Of Man?

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http://time.com/179/men-are-obsolete/

Men Are Obsolete I guess you couldn't come up with a more controversial title than pondering if half the planet is obsolete.
It's kind of strange how this wording and topic is discussed quite openly in academia and the media. Heck even the politically correct Toronto Star didn't mind wading into the issue giving all sides a bit of talk.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2014/02/07/are_men_obsolete_by_maureen_dowd_caitlin_moran_hanna_rosin_camille_paglia_review.html

Imagine a book entitled:
Are Blacks Obsolete?
Are Women Obsolete?
Are Whites Better?

You get the idea. In any case, I like to look past a title to see the meat of an argument.
In many ways, there are valid points on our society in general. There's also some valid points on the stereotypes of 'masculine' and 'feminine'. But what is pretty clear to me is this kind of argument actually says:

Very little about the vast majority of  menVery little about…

Prince de Marsillac - Great Maxims

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I ran into
Moral Maxims By Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marsillac.
It is a great collection of short pieces of Wisdom. Like many such collections, its lessons appear timeless even though it was written in 1693. I found myself intrigued and identifying with many of them. Not saying I agree with all of them, but I found them all interesting.


 You can find the whole book online here:
www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/9105

To the Maxims!12 Whatever care we take to conceal our passions under the appearances of piety and honour, they are always to be seen through these veils.20 The constancy of the wise is only the talent of concealing the agitation of their hearts. 38 We promise according to our hopes; we perform according to our fears.41 Those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things. 56 To establish ourselves in the world we do everything to appear as if we were established. 59 There are no accidents so unfortunate fro…

Feminism and Patriachy

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I came across some recent videos that I just had to write about. They are by Karen Straughan, who just so logically and rationally discusses marriage and gender and sexuality and history, some of her points surprise me.

Similar to myself, she believes in Gender Equality. That is the belief that men and women can be equal in every way. How those roles play out in individual circumstances is another story. Yet she completely tears apart feminism as the entitled, historically false, manipulative, and power-hungry philosophy that it is.

Below, I post a few of the videos, but there are plenty more on Youtube. But I would encourage you to watch all of them. They're not that long and they say things much better than I ever could.


History of Feminism, society, and male sacrifice

Concerning Gender Violence and Authority


Men not marrying? How deep does "the problem" go?
Essence of The Videos The essence of her videos is largely that contrary to the feminist narrative, men have not …

House of Cards - Character and Profession

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I've just finished binge watching House of Cards Season 2. It is such a great character and political drama. If you haven't seen it, it is essentially about the rise of a politician named Francis Underwood who schemes, forms strategies, lies, and manipulates in his quest to become president of the United States.

What we see on the surface is that is just how most of the politicians on the show are. Just some more than others. They all play the game. Here's some good quotes from the show that concerns his character.

Season 2, Episode 9-Do you think I’m a hypocrite? Well you should. I wouldn’t disagree with you. The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties. Never regret. Season 2, Episode 9-I won't leave one of my own bleeding on the field Season 2, Episode 13-The power. The prestige.
Those things have a strong
pull on someone like me,
who came from a small South Carolina
town with nothing.
But since you assumed office,
my only aim has been to fight,
for…