- The Washington Times - Monday, May 29, 2000

Feminists and fathers

"Gloria Steinem and friends do pay occasional lip service to nurturing fathers (while reserving their most blistering contempt for the old-fashioned fellow who thinks that supporting and protecting his family makes him a good father even if he's never cooked his kid's favorite meal)… . In Steinem's pet project, Ms. magazine, rare valentines to the New Dad are vastly outnumbered by screeds against the Bad Dad the selfish deadbeat, the domineering patriarch, the ogre who beats his wife and rapes his daughters… .
"The feminists still badger men about participating equally in child-rearing (in a TV debate in 1996, NOW President Patricia Ireland declared that 'men need to take equal responsibility for the family' just a few months before NOW issues an 'Action Alert on "Fathers' Rights" ' comparing men who seek a role in their children's lives to batterers). But their idea of equal parenting seems to boil down to this: You, Dad, will change half of all the diapers, make half of all the breakfasts, and do anything Mom needs you to do to free her to tote her briefcase to the office. But the moment she decides she doesn't want you around anymore, you'll get out like a good boy, keep the checks coming, and stay out of her way."
Cathy Young, writing on "The Sadness of the American Father," in the June issue of the American Spectator

Cultural milestone

"A magazine called 'Pagan Revival' recently arrived in the mail. It's an anti-Christian periodical endorsing the Norse pantheon of gods and promoting white-racist ideologies. One of its more interesting articles 'The Satanic Bible: A Revelation or a Fraud?' accuses Anton LaVey, author of the notorious 'Satanic Bible,' of plagiarism. And so America, A.D. 2000, reaches a new cultural milestone: The Aryan racist pagans are accusing the Satanists of intellectual dishonesty."
from "The Week," in the June 5 issue of National Review

Motown genius

"Over the course of a career that's spanned 43 years, [Smokey Robinson has] written or co-written more than 4,000 songs. Not all of them were hits, of course but certainly enough of them were. You don't have to be a baby boomer to get a big chill just thinking about the number of bona fide classics he turned out in his glory years as a songwriter, artist, producer, and executive at Motown in the 1960s.
"There was the long string of terrific singles with his former group, the Miracles among them 'You've Really Got a Hold on Me,' 'The Tracks of My Tears,' 'Ooo Baby Baby,' 'I Second That Emotion,' and 'The Tears of a Clown' all sung in his piercingly sweet high tenor, a voice both angelic and ethereal. There were the numerous smashes he wrote and produced for other Motown artists: 'My Girl,' 'The Way You Do the Things You Do,' and 'Get Ready' for the Temptations,' 'I'll Be Doggon' and 'Ain't That Peculiar' for Marvin Gaye… . Even after Motown's golden era faded, the man's solo efforts … continued to chart throughout the '70s and '80s.
"Looking at his body of work, it seems incredible that his name is so seldom invoked in discussions of the front-line titans of soul music… . Which is both a paradox and a shame, because those achievements are manifold and magnificent."
Tom Sinclair, writing on "Smokey Robinson," in the May 26 issue of Entertainment Weekly

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