Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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The person to read is Ayaan Hirsi Ali about all this.

The second one is Christopher Hitchens: God is Not Great.

There is no debate. All this mumbo jumbo does is justify injustice towards women. And it starts with the premise that God is male, privileged, dominant. It is called a Patriarchal system. It is bad for all women and all men.

Tom Strong

Mmm. I love those claims that feminism "created animosity and hatred between the sexes." As if everything between the sexes was all hunky-dory before those uppity feminists came along.


Feminist ideology has become so strongly embedded in our law and culture that it seems to me that modern American culture is more of "matriarchy" than it is a "patriarchy." What demands of the women's movement were not met almost instantly? Demand for abortion was first made in the late 1960s and a universal "right" to abortion was granted by early 1973. Legal guarantee of equal treatment in the work place was granted immediately, and without controversy. Sexual harassment laws were demanded and immediately granted.

Feminism is an ideology that seems to acknowledge only rights -- and not obligations. Like nearly everyone, I have nothing against granting women their legitimate right to participate fully in work life. But I insist that women have obligations too, and in particular, the obligation to provide motherly nurture to their childern, before and after birth. The commandment to love cannot be enacted into secular law. But it is nonetheless the first and greatest of all obligations. My problem with most versions of feminism is that they do not recognize this.



Do you think the legalization (and cultural normalization) of abortion was just a capitulation to feminist demands, or might it have had something to do with men's (at least as much as women's) wish for consequence-free sexual freedom?

I suspect that selfless service to men and children had been demanded of women for so long that (like men who felt harnessed to supporting families) they wanted to try out the "joys" of selfishness -- joys which, in reality, are limited in their joyfulness and in excess, have now palled for many of those who tried them. It is not necessary to make women go back to being glorified servants to strike a better balance. Jesus said to love thy neighbor "as thyself," not "instead of thyself."


Abortion unquestionably serves the interests of philandering men. This is a fact that illustrates the incoherency of modern feminism, which, like Playboy magazine, posits the legalization of abortion as a good thing.

Who is talking about "making" women do anything? Society cannot make women do anything that they don't want to do. The issue is what women should do, for themselves and for others.

Jesus's conception of love is one entirely of giving and sacrifice. It is impossible to read the Gospels as promoting the self idolization that is so prevalent in feminist and "New Age" thinking. Jesus did say love your neighbor as yourself, but it is very evident from the context that what he means is: do not distinguish between yourself and others when it comes to love, tear down the separation between your "I" and others, renounce yourself to join with others. Jesus also said: "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." John 15:12-13.

Dave Schuler

Feminism of whatever stripe presents no challenge to Islam whatever. None. Nada.

But it would be fatal to traditional societies and many people living in such societies conflate Islam with “what we've been doing for as long as anybody can remember”

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