In this era of self-sought segregation, in which racial, socioeconomic or gender groups seek to alienate themselves from mainstream culture, the notion of reconciliation seems more of a fantasy than a workable proposition.
What do you expect when you have wives of former vice presidents touring the country to preach about the evils of multicultural education? We should recognize as fact that we are not the same, have never been the same and never will be the same.
Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t get along as various subcultures under one roof. And gender reconciliation is a good start.
“Opening Our Hearts” is a weekend seminar on gender reconciliation that will be held June 16-18 in Victoria, British Columbia. Noted speakers such as Warren Farrell, John Lee and others will lead two-hour workshops on a variety of issues.
Conference fees range from $155 to $190, depending on the package you sign up for. For registration information, write to: Opening Our Hearts, c/o Women’s Services Association, 4220 Rossiter Drive, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8N 4S7 (send along a SASE). Or call (604) 721-5065.
The more things change…
It sounds like an old joke from a Catskills resort emcee, but a recent Princess Cruises newsletter attempts to explain why “a ship is called ‘she.”’
It’s a tradition “because there is usually a gang of men about; she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her good-looking; it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it’s the upkeep; …it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly; she shows her topsides and hides her bottom, and when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.”
In other words, she’s just one of the gulls - buh-DOP-boop.
And experts crave publicity
The nice thing about statistics is that they do away with the need to think for yourself. Think of how much time we’d save by letting stats-spouting “experts” such as Dr. Joyce Brothers tell us who we are and what we want.
For example, in a recent Women’s Health Day talk in Springfield, Mo., the pop psychologist offered up the following “facts” about 20th-century American life as indicated by some recent studies:
1, Men are more cheerful than women;
2, Women favor men who are more intelligent, while men favor women who aren’t as bright.
3, Men lie about their ages more.
As reported by the Associated Press, Brothers stated further that men tend to focus on their good qualities while women focus on their faults. “When a man walks in front of a mirror, he sees Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Brothers said. Which, of course, begs the question: Who does big Arnie see?
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