- The Washington Times - Monday, May 24, 2004

Grim ‘liberation’

“When University of Chicago sociologists recently unveiled their mound of data on the sexual habits of Chicagoans, they gave it as snappy a title as could be expected for an academic study: ‘The Sexual Organization of the City.’ …

“But the study’s results painted a very different picture of sexual realities in America than ‘Sex and the City.’

“In the make-believe world of Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones, bed-hopping and partner-switching are a glamorous, if exhausting, enterprise. …

“The Chicago study paints a considerably grimmer picture of sex in our cities. …

“Perhaps most striking to feminists may be the revelation that, rather than empowering women, the rejection of traditional sexual mores seems to have limited their choices of committed partners and even endangered their welfare. …

“It’s too bad that, unlike HBO’s starlets, the real-life women who have adopted such cavalier attitudes about casual sex cannot walk off the set after six years and into a syndicated sunset. Instead, they must linger in the purgatory of one-night stands and conditional commitments, long after the glamour of sexual liberation has faded into black.”

Colleen Carroll Campbell, writing on “Sex in Our Cities,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

‘Untouchable’

“[T]he apparent breakdown in discipline among the MPs at Abu Ghraib may relate to the presence of women, and especially to the fact that the commander was a woman, Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski. The climate of ‘Political Correctness’ (or, to give it its true name, cultural Marxism) that has infested and overwhelmed the American armed forces makes it almost impossible to discipline a woman — and risky for a man to attempt to do so. …

“This unpleasant reality of life in America’s ‘PC’ Army may have relevance to the roles of female MPs in what went on in Abu Ghraib. At Gen. Karpinski’s level, the effect of the ideology of cultural Marxism, which defines women as ‘victims’ and men as ‘oppressors,’ was undoubtedly more subtle.

“If one of her male subordinates, say a colonel, or a peer, or even a superior officer, had raised issues that might have damaged the career of ‘a senior Army woman,’ his career would immediately have been in jeopardy. … Under the rules of cultural Marxism, because she is a woman, she remains untouchable; any man in her situation would by now have been relieved of command, at the very least.”

William S. Lind, writing on “The Power of Weakness,” Saturday at www.lewrockwell.com

A child’s heroes

“Winston Churchill, one of the bravest men in the history of Western civilization, grew up reading the biographies of courageous heroes, such as his ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, and memorizing heroic poetry. …

“A half-century later, when civilization hung in the breach, and the resolve of many people, of entire nations, flagged and failed, Churchill did not lose his courage. When members of his War Cabinet were considering coming to terms with Hitler, Churchill responded vehemently, ‘If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.’ Thus the random readings of the boy can inspire the philosophic fortitude of the man.”

Terrence Moore, principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colo., writing on “Courage Allows Us to Defend Civilization,” for the Ashbrook Center at www.ashbrook.org

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