Narcissus by Caravaggio
Everybody misses the main point Ovid intended: Don't be obsessed with your physical appearance.
First in a series as GSL helps close the Gender Gap.
One of GSL's great joys is helping the many fine women in his life get ahead or deal with adversity. I like being the first person they turn to when spirits are in need of uplift or triumphs celebrated. A couple months back during a National Guard fitness test, I was designated as one of the graders entrusted to accurately count standard meeting push-ups, sit-ups, and 2 mile run. GSL is a strict grader so everybody looking for favorable treatment gets into the line with their buddy holding the clipboard who will "hook them up" with an inflated score. Everybody that got in GSL's line was female. They know they won't get a free ride but they like how crafty old pro GSL shows them the tricks of the trade such as how to grab a legal breather during push-ups and sit-ups enabling an additional 4 or 5 reps and guidance on how to pace the 2 mile run. With GSL holding stopwatch calling out splits and encouragement, they never quit. The 3 decades younger females love getting a GSL fistbump when they achieve their best ever score earned by giving their all.
|Grandpa Cooper, Great-Grandma Long, and Grandma Cooper with Uncle D & Mum in front. The women up GSL's matrilineal line were strong, smart, independent, and accomplished. Their fine example is one GSL tries to follow and wishes to share.|
Is this what a Double Standard Bearer looks like? No, but you must admit had a man said what Ms Steinem said on Bill Maher, he would have been tarred & feathered
GSL prefers this Heavyweight Public Intellectual. She'll go toe-to-toe with anybody.
I suspect if she had Playboy Bunny tenure, more women would read her. No woman, and very few men, understand men
better than Camille Paglia..
Highly recommend her Sexual Personae which I devoured when it first came out.
The Den featured Barbara Tuchman in one of our first posts. You'd think a woman who won 2 Pulitzers after only writing her first book at age 50 would be a prominent inspiration to middle aged women. Do you think Instagram Feminists would be more admiring if she looked like Joan Didion and slept with JFK rather than writing the book that convinced him to exercise greater caution during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
I'll bet at least 10 times more men have read her books than women.
Another fabulous writer The Den has promoted is Hillary Mantel. I can make the following claims with near certainty.
Far more men read her than women. If she was a size 4 and looked like Sharon Stone, her female readership would more than triple and her male readership would remain virtually unchanged.