Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Ex-Gay writer on films that valourise female virginity


Where the Boys Are: A Reevaluation


As I have written before, the main (negative) achievement of the feminist revolution was to make men feel they could no longer have a reasonable expectation of marrying a virgin.

As I have also written before, one of the very few films to consider a woman’s virginity as significant, in recent years, was Metropolitan (1980), with the beloved character of Audrey Rouget. I have written about that movie extensively at this blog.


A woman’s literary effort


“Few authors write better or more believable tales of domestic discipline than CJ Blais, and she’s at the top of her literary form with “Plain and Simple,” a collection of stories featuring…”

Good advice for any woman

”  Under Prayers, Petitionary Auden includes a line from the camp novelist Ronald Firbank that should be embroidered on a sampler: “Heaven help me,” she prayed, “to be decorative and to do right.” ”


“Another Teenage Suicide”

(I just found this one again. It’s an old one, and I don’t think it is terribly good. But here it is.)


Another Teenage Suicide

As we approached the chapel,
attached to the crematorium,
a previous life went up in smoke:
(like the last black puff from an engine.)

But the teenage suicide was still
in her casket, which was white and small.
So small, she must have been a little
lass for a seventeen year old; though
big enough to have had a man.
(Six schoolboys carried the coffin.)

I couldn’t quite hear the eulogies:
though it seems she was a wonderful girl.
(Because no-one mediocre ever dies.)

I was in the group outside the chapel,
on the white plastic chairs,
near the ornamental pool.
(I said some prayers.)

The sun was hot for spring;
I listened to the water feature
chatter on.
There were no goldfish.
(I had hoped to fix my gaze upon
a carefree golden creature.)

They say she used her brother’s gun.
They say they found a tumour in her brain.
(Explaining the inexplicable, again.)


Julian O’Dea

Wedding Photo

Wedding Photo

Held fast in time,
and the space
in the frame,
you are all satin,
satin skin.

The skill of the
dressmaker has eased
the dress half off your

Your lace gloves …
what did we remove


(Julian O’Dea)

Julian Assange, Anti-feminist


Something I wrote about Julian Assange on Facebook today:

“Julian Assange has been anti-feminist for a long time. His experience in Sweden would have confirmed this. He seems to be a right-wing libertarian. He clearly disliked Hillary.

I doubt that lack of vitamin D [in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London] is the issue. It is perfectly possible for someone to espouse his views and ideas on sexual politics and geopolitics and be as sane as most people.

He has an unusual mind and is not your typical progressive.

I understand what drives him because I tend to agree with him.”

Say Goodbye

Say goodbye to the world, Soul.
We are going on a short, night
Let us make a happy death,
as in
an old catechism.
You always liked to move on
and travel light.
So leave all that behind.
We won’t be needing it.


(Julian O’Dea)