- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Her lying eyes

“[T]he conventional wisdom that men regularly lie about their sexual experience is so commonly held that it has a noun of its own, locker-room talk.

“But … I never bought that line. For one thing, men don’t talk about sex in anywhere near the gory detail that women do. And for another, I have never known a single sexually active woman to tell the truth about her past. …

“Women, it seems, must walk a tightrope, balanced precariously between what they want to do to attract men, and what will provoke other women to speak badly about them. …

“So, I was interested to see that the Journal of Sex Research … has recently released a study which supports my suspicions: It’s the girls who are lying, not the guys. …

“[I]f it is indeed true that it is not men, but women, who disproportionately lie about sex, this would demolish the already creaking feminist gynomyth that a woman accusing a man of sexual assault is inherently credible. …

“Which would no doubt hearten Kobe Bryant and his defenders, if not the rest of the NBA.”

Vox Day, writing on “Sex in Secret,” Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Old and new

“For [historian Daniel] Goldhagen, Catholicism’s great sin is its belief that the New (and eternal) Covenant fulfills, completes, and interprets the Old Covenant. … Merely to refer to the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Testaments is an act of belligerence and intolerance towards Jews. …

“Of course, this is just as true of orthodox Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Christians as Catholics. If you believe that in Christ God fulfilled the promises made to Israel, you are an anti-Semite. If you believe that the Old Testament should be read in light of the New Testament, you are an anti-Semite. And if you believe that, as St. Paul says, the Church is the new Israel, well, you might as well beat the rush and enroll your kids in Hitlerjugend now. In Goldhagen’s world, the only way any Christian escapes the taint of anti-Semitism is to distance himself from historic Christian teaching.

“So why single out Rome? Partly because of the dominant role that the Catholic Church has played in Western history. But it is also true that if you discredit the Bishop of Rome, if you cast doubt on the Vatican’s standing to provide moral instruction, you have gone a significant part of the way towards ridding this so-called global village of any Christian influence in its public square.”

Roberto Rivera, writing on “The Cross and the Swastika,” in the July/August issue of Touchstone

Action heroines

“Is there some contemporary equivalent of the Hays Office in Hollywood to enforce the rule that the heroine must never, ever be rescued by the hero? Took the kids last night to see Disney’s latest piece of fluff, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ and it happened again! Evil ghost-pirates kidnap our heroine, the delicately raised daughter of the governor of the British Caribbean island of Port Royal. Our hero sails to save her. But, as if this is all too much for the writers to bear, half an hour later, they have to plunge him into jeopardy so she can save the day: suddenly taking command of 18th-century sailing vessels, leading boarding parties, and clouting pirates — all while wearing a (very fetching actually) soldier’s red coat. …

“It always happens: not sometimes, not generally, but always. I think I know where it started — in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ back in the early 1980s: Spielberg has his heroine throw punches with the boys. Now it has become an iron law: no matter how sheltered and virginal the heroine, at the moment of crisis, it turns out that she has all along been an expert kick-boxer.”

David Frum, writing on “Girls and Pirates,” July 17 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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