Observations for International Women’s Day – From Ancient Times to the Present

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“…for women are fond of talking and once they have started with a thing never have too much of it.” — Polybius, The Histories, Volume VI, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 161), Book XXXI, Page217, year 2000.

“Equality is not, it must not be, uniformity.  The other day I read an ober dictum, something that Tocqueville wrote, more than 170 years ago. “It is easy to see that in thus striving to equal the sexes one degrades them both; and that nothing could ever come of such a gross confusion of Nature’s work but weak men and unchaste women.”” Last Rites, Copyright ©2009 by John Lukacs, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, Page 180.

“The notorious disproportion between the sexuality of man and woman,” Ortega wrote, “which makes the normally spontaneous woman so conservative in ‘love,’ probably coincides with the fact that the human female usually enjoys less imaginative power than the male”―which, let me [Lukacs] add, may explain why male homosexuality is almost everywhere more frequent than is Lesbianism, lust being a product of the imagination, and men being more imaginative than women.” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 240.

“No matter how hard I shake my Kaleidoscope, I cannot see what he [Henry Osborn Taylor] saw.  One reason is that my approach is more catholic than his.  I share his conviction that “a realization of the power and import of the Christian Faith is needed for an understanding of the thoughts and feelings moving the men and women of the Middle Ages, and for a just appreciation of their aspirations and ideals,” but I do not see how that can be achieved without a careful study of brutality, ignorance, and delusions in the Middle Ages, not just among the laity, but also at the highest Christian altars.  Christianity survived despite medieval Christians, not because of them.  Fail to grasp that, and you will never understand their millennium.” ― A World Lit Only by Fire, The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Copyright © 1992 by William Manchester, Little Brown, Page XVII.

[On women] “Their essence is so steeped in suspicion, vanity, and curiosity, that one should not expect to cure them by any legitimate way.” ― The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; Copyright 1943 by Donald M. Frame, renewed 1971.  Copyright © 1948, 1957, and 1958 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Page 663.

The Law precludes homosexuality in any form: “It begins with the men who belie their sex and are affected with effemination, who debase the currency of nature and violate it by assuming the passions and the outward form of licentious women.”  — Philo, Volume VII, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 320), Page 289, year 1998.

“Why should I speak of the lewdness of Venus prostituted to the lusts of all…who, according to what we find in The Holy History, first―

              Established the art of the courtesan and in Cyprus founded for women the custom of getting profit out of their bodies by making them public; this she ordained so that she should not be the only one among women to appear a hussy and a gaper after men.” ― Remains of Old Latin, Volume I, Ennius and Caecilius, with English translation by E. H. Warmington, Harvard University Press, Loeb Classical Library (294), revised and reprinted 1956, 1961, 1967, 1979, 1988, 2006, Page 431.

“Look behind almost every issue of our day ̶ climate, environment, energy, gun control, defense, foreign affairs, terrorism, education, income inequality, immigration, race (especially), women’s rights, gay rights, political correctness (the mother lode of moral narcissism), microagressions and trigger warnings (moral narcissism as modern day opera bouffe), media bias, cultural and entertainment bias, not to mention the very size and scope of government itself ̶ and you will find the profound influence of moral narcissism, almost always for the worse. It is the prime hidden motor for our society, pointing to our republic’s demise because it makes people blind to reality and democracy moot.”  ̶ I Know Best, How Moral Narcissism is Destroying our Republic, if it Hasn’t Already, Copyright © 2016 by Roger L. Simon, Encounter Books, New York – London, Page 13.

“But whether the [Syrian] women gave these drugs to their husbands or to quite other men I do not know, though I fancy they preferred strangers, for they were free in their ways. Few of them had children, which again was a sign to me that the shadow of death hung over their land.” The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari, Copyright © 1949, by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, Page 139.

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