- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Losing badly

“[W]e religious conservatives are losing the culture war, badly, on the playing fields of prime time. … [H]omosexuality is at the white-hot center of our popular culture.

“For example: ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’ and its like, domestic-partner benefits at Wal-Mart, gay couples featured in TV advertising, gay wedding announcements in mainstream newspapers, a gay Episcopal bishop, the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalizing gay ‘marriage’ by judicial fiat, and, most fateful of all, the U.S. Supreme Court decriminalizing sodomy on the principle that — this is absolutely crucial — it is unconstitutional for the state to prohibit private consensual sexual acts between adults. We now find that one of the philosophical pillars of the sexual revolution has been read into the Constitution by a Supreme Court, seven of whose members were appointed by Republican presidents.

“We are losing the gay marriage fight, and, in fact, have lost it already, though not all of us know it yet. When the acceptance of civil-unions protections for gay couples is the conservative position, then we have been defeated.”

— Rod Dreher, writing on “Pink Campaign,” in the September issue of Touchstone

‘Defying nature’

“Women who wait until their late 30s to have children are defying nature and risking heartbreak, leading obstetricians have warned.

“Writing in the British Medical Journal, the London-based fertility specialists say they are ‘saddened’ by the number of women they see who have problems. …

“In the BMJ, they add: ‘Paradoxically, the availability of IVF may lull women into infertility while they wait for a suitable partner and concentrate on their careers and achieving security and a comfortable living standard.’ …

“They add: ‘Women want to “have it all” but biology is unchanged. Their delays may reflect disincentives to earlier pregnancy or maybe an underlying resistance to childbearing as, despite the advantages brought about by feminism and equal opportunities legislation, women still bear full domestic burdens as well as work and financial responsibilities.’”

— From “Delaying babies defies nature,” Sept. 15 in BBC News at news.bbc.co.uk

Stalinist star

“It is, I suspect, for her extra-artistic associations that Frida Kahlo is most appreciated. That she had an artistic talent is undeniable, and many of her pictures are memorable … but it is surely going a little far, from the point of view of artistic considerations alone, to say … that she is one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The fact that she can be seriously regarded as such, however, surely tells us quite a lot about our modern sensibility.

“No advertising man could have given her a better biographical profile for eliciting a favorable response at the present time. … She married a man, Diego Rivera, who was flagrantly unfaithful to her and who even had an affair with her sister; she was probably bisexual and had a couple of lesbian affairs. … Her politics were radical; she was anti-American. … She was Stalinist … but she also had a fling with Trotsky and towards the end of her life displayed a less than dialectical-materialist attraction to the wisdom of the East, thus later appealing to the New Age, healing-power-of-crystals end of the dissent market. All in all, a pretty good [curriculum vitae] for the modern age.”

— Anthony Daniels, writing on “Exhibition Notes,” in the September issue of the New Criterion


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