Saturday, May 27, 2017

Louis XVIII at Hartwell House

Louis XVIII is shown walking in the park of Hartwell House during his English exile.


Feminization of the Middle Class

From True Pundit:
The percentage of young men making between $30,000 and $100,000 a year drastically decreased from 1975 to 2015, according to April analysis from the US Census Bureau.

Forty-one percent of all men aged 25 to 34 have incomes less than $30,000 today, up from 25 percent in 1975. Men making more than $100,000 a year increased from 3 percent to 8 percent over the same time period. The rise in men making less than $30,000 and in men making more than $100,000 comes at the expense of the middle, according to the report.

Men making between $30,000 and $59,999 fell 14 percent, from 49 percent to 35 percent. While young men have been pressured by a rise in automation and the outsourcing of middle class manufacturing jobs, the median income of young women has risen significantly over the same four decades. Women aged 25 to 34 who were working saw their incomes rise from $23,000 to $29,000 from 1975 to 2015, according to the report.

Female-dominated professions are among the fastest growing in America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in the healthcare industry, including occupational therapists, home care aides and nurses are some of the most in-demand professions in the country.

The report measured four common experiences that researchers have historically used to signify the transition of adulthood: leaving home, work, marriage, and parenthood. In 1975, 45 percent of those aged 25 to 34 checked all four boxes, the most common combination of the four milestones. 22 percent fulfilled three of the milestones, but did not work outside of the home (oftentimes a married mother).

Today, the experiences of that same age group are much more diverse. While still the most common combination, only 25 percent of those aged 25 to 34 meet all four milestones, compared to the 45 percent in 1975. The second most common combination in 2015 includes living away from home and working without children or a spouse, with close to 25 percent fitting this combination.

With the rise in automation and availability of cheap labor overseas, young men are increasingly forced into lower paying, service industry jobs. One industry that is expected to be hit hard in the coming decade is the trucking industry, where 3.5 million truckers, many of them male, are expected to be replaced by self-driving vehicles. (Read more.)

Anne Boleyn and the "Querelle des Femmes"

From Alison Weir:
Sarah Gristwood’s research, which she generously shared with me, encompassed the ‘querelle des femmes’ (‘the woman question’), an intellectual and literary debate that questioned traditional concepts of women and called for them to enjoy equality with men. Nowadays, we call this feminism, but even if the word did not exist then, the concept did. Many scholars use the term ‘Renaissance feminism’. In the 16th century, all the arguments for equality of the sexes were in place. This debate was lively in Europe, where Anne Boleyn spent her formative years at the beginning of the century. This was an age of female rulers and thinkers, and in the royal women she served, Anne had two shining examples before her: Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands; and Marguerite of Valois, Duchess of Alençon. In my novel, Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, I have portrayed Anne in this European context, because we cannot hope to understand her without being aware of the early cultural influences to which she was exposed.
As a young – and no doubt impressionable – teenager, Anne served at the court of Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands, between 1513 and 1514. Margaret’s library included the works of the influential French poet and author Christine de Pizan (1364–c1430), Europe’s first professional female writer. At that time, women were regarded as inferior in every way to men. For a female to question her role in this male-dominated world, in which women were legally infants, was revolutionary.
Christine de Pizan had become famous for daring to say that the celebrated poem, Le Roman de la Rose, slandered women, portraying them all as seductresses. In 1405, she published her most famous work, The Book of the City of Ladies, the first book written about women by a woman, and one of the earliest examples of feminist literature. The book was an attack on stereotypical, misogynistic perceptions of women by male historians of the time. It celebrated female achievements throughout history, and advised women how to counter masculine prejudice and negative portrayals of their sex. Christine de Pizan concluded that patriarchal attitudes hampered women achieving their full potential.
 “Not all men share the opinion that it is bad for women to be educated,” she wrote, “but it is very true that many foolish men have claimed this because it displeased them that women knew more than they did.” This must have come as a revelation in an age when most women were taught that men, by the natural law of things, were the cleverer sex. But Christine de Pizan disagreed. “Just as women's bodies are softer than men's, so their understanding is sharper. If it were customary to send girls to school and teach them the same subjects as are taught to boys, they would learn just as fully and would understand the subtleties of all arts and sciences. As for those who state that it is thanks to a woman, the lady Eve, that man was expelled from paradise, my answer would be that man has gained far more through Mary than he ever lost through Eve.” (Read more.)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Coronation Souvenir Programme

We had one of these at my house when I was growing up. I would look at it all the time. I wish I knew what became of it. Share

Why Salman Abedi Hated Us

From Spiked:
Salman Abedi was a British Libyan. So am I. His parents were given refuge in the UK, and so were mine. His grandparents and great grandparents were saved from German and Italian fascists by the sacrifice of British soldiers, as were mine. Details are now emerging that suggest Abedi fought in the Libyan revolution alongside his father. If true, then he will have depended for his life upon the actions of British, French and American airforces.

Abedi was not disenfranchised. He was not rejected by British society. He was taught to reject and hate it, despite everything it gave him and his family. His older sister has reportedly said that Abedi was looking for ‘revenge’ for the ‘ill-treatment’ of Muslims in the UK and Syria. This is the circular logic of the Islamist victimhood narrative that almost every Muslim growing up in the UK will have been exposed to at one time or another. Western governments, and therefore Western societies, are to blame for all instances of intervention in Muslim majority countries, and are equally culpable should they fail to intervene.

Manchester and Birmingham are home to some of the most militant Islamists in the UK. They mingle and operate throughout local Muslim communities with relative impunity, and maintain networks up and down the M1 motorway to London. They also have a significant presence online with which they extend their influence globally. At the level of propaganda, at least, they’re not an underground movement. They are out in the open.

While living safely under Britain’s rule of law, they nonetheless view British society as beneath contempt. They don’t want to be part of it, and they teach people like Salman Abedi that it’s a mortal sin for them to want to be part of it. Anything that happens to a Muslim anywhere in the world, once passed through the Islamist victimhood filter, becomes an anti-Muslim act for which the guilty must be punished. And so it seems that Abedi’s actions were the result of this solipsistic staple of Islamist indoctrination. In a country, and a city, where young men run the risk of falling prey to knife crime, Abedi interpreted the stabbing of a friend as an anti-Muslim ‘hate crime’, and swore revenge on the society around him.

Those who look down their noses at the rise of nationalist sentiment in Europe have never lived cheek by jowl with people who hate their adopted country the way British Islamists do. (Read more.)

The Collapse of Parenting

Sax: The first thing is to teach humility, which is now the most un-American of virtues. When I meet with kids I ask them what they think it is and they literally have no idea. I’ve done that from third grade through 12th grade. The high school kids are more clueless than the third-graders. They have been indoctrinated in their own awesomeness with no understanding of how this culture of bloated self-esteem leads to resentment. I see it. I see the girl who was told how amazing she was who is now resentful at age 25 because she’s working in a cubicle for a low wage and she’s written two novels and she can’t get an agent. The second thing is to enjoy the time with your child. Don’t multitask. Get outdoors with your child. The last thing: Teach the meaning of life. It cannot be just about getting a good job. It’s not just about achievement. It’s about who you are as a human being. You must have an answer.(Read more.)

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Marie-Thérèse with Louis XVIII

Marie-Thérèse, Duchesse d'Angoulême, is shown seated at the side of her uncle Louis XVIII, as first lady of France. Behind her stands the Duc d'Angoulême, his father the Comte d'Artois, known as  Monsieur, Louis-Philippe d'Orléans, and Talleyrand. Although women could not inherit the crown, the Duchesse occupied a unique position not only as wife of the heir but as the only surviving daughter of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. The painting depicts the presentation of the infant Henri de Bordeaux to the officers of the military by his mother, Caroline Duchesse de Berry. 


Papal Audience

From The Telegraph:
Both the First Lady, Melania Trump, and the First Daughter, Ivanka Trump, accompanied the President to the high-profile engagement, and both chose to honour the traditional Vatican dress codes by wearing black, long sleeved dresses and veils - the former even choosing to honour her host nation by wearing Italian label Dolce and Gabbana. It was a somewhat unexpected move, especially given recent news that Pope Francis is keen to relax the strict dress codes to which women must conform to when attending private papal audiences. (Read more.)
Mrs. Trump and President Trump in the Sistine Chapel