Thursday, 27 November 2008

"Princess Bubble" - a fairy story for those too old to be still single and looking

The end of Western civilisation really cannot be that far off!

Instead of addressing the problem of family breakdown in society and the abdication of parental responsibility and moral authority in every sphere of public life, one of my occasional readers and commentators has recommended Princess Bubble, written by two unmarried and retired trolley-dollies. It is a story for women who have ended up single and need a happy ending as they contemplate growing old alone.

The blurb:

With wisdom gleaned from their careers as single, globe-trotting flight attendants, first-time authors Susan Johnston and Kimberly Webb have crafted a modern-day book that celebrates singleness. A contemporary fairy tale for all ages, Princess Bubble was written to reduce the overwhelming sense of failure, self-doubt, and despair that some single women face. Knowing how low self-esteem and depression plague many single females, we wanted to spread the message that happily ever after can occur even before Prince Charming arrives. . . or even if he never does, said Webb. We're definitely not anti-Prince, said Johnston (whose college nickname was Bubbles).

We're not anti-family or anti-marriage, if anything we're anti-Damsel in Distress. Our message the single life can also be a fairy tale. The End!

Princess Bubble stars a princess who is confused by the traditional fairytale messages that say she must find her prince before she can live happily ever after. Princess Bubble dons her thinking crown to research traditional fairy tales, interviews married girlfriends, and even takes counsel from her mother, who advises her to sign up at

With a little help from her fairy godmother (this is still a fairy tale after
all), Ms. Bubble discovers that living happily ever after is not about finding a prince. True happiness, the book reveals, is found by loving God, being kind to others, and being comfortable with who you are already! We've had countless women all over the nation tell us they wish there had been a book like this when they were young, said Johnston. This is a story women can truly believe in and feel comfortable sharing with their children.

You are strongly advised to think again if you have a daughter and want grandchildren in wedlock.

It is actually quite quite wicked to tell young girls to repeat the mistakes of the women who did not get round to getting married and are now facing the prospect of growing old alone, husbandless and childless, with only the prospect of having a cat or a dog to share their roof or bed.

Unmarried and divorced mothers will buy it for themselves and read it to their daughters to validate their life choices and cause their daughters to perpetuate their mistakes, but married mothers ought to know better.

Those married mothers who would give their daughters this rubbish are -

(a) unfit mothers and/or
(b) hate their daughters and/or
(c) don't want grandchildren and/or
(d) hate their husbands and men in general and want their daughters to share this view and/or
(e) unhappily married

Is there much difference between giving your daughter PRINCESS BUBBLE and telling her to always make a point of accepting sweets from strangers and getting into their cars when invited to do so?

If you

  • love your daughter
  • love the father of your daughter
  • have the good fortune to be glad you married your husband
  • in any way enjoyed the family life that your parents provided

then you will not be buying to book for either yourself of your daughter.

Instead, you would be condemning it in the strongest possible terms at every available opportunity.

My advice for women who want children to see to it that they have an eligible man capable of being induced to marry them and father their children by the time they are 25, remains the most practical.

The role of parental advice in the avoidance of spinsterhood and illegitimate grandchildren

I know too many single women who never intended to be single but have found themselves, for one reason or another, without a man and unable to become a wife and mother.

A cartoon of a career woman saying: "Eeek! I forgot to have children!" is telling, funny and sad.

Yet, when one tries to address this issue, one is accused of giving ignorant "mumsy" advice, ie the advice that all women should make a point of finding a decent man who might be induced to marry them by the time they are 25.

No doubt if I had given this advice to these now single women in their late 30s when they were in their 20s they would all have told me to mind my own business!

I doubt if the mothers of these women would have given any such advice anyway. Most mothers have, to my knowledge, not been giving their daughters advice of any sort for several decades.

Why is that, I wonder?

Is it because they think all the rules have changed and that their advice would be considered old-fashioned, irrelevant and be ignored?

I think I can see why. Just pointing out that the existence and ticking of biological clocks, despite feminism and the advances of medical science, and the consequences thereof, has been found to be so incredibly offensive that an angry single woman in her late 30s has called me "vile", "narrow" and "ignorant".

She asked: "Do you want me and all the other numerous women in my/similar position to kaibosh a man into having a child?"

Why, yes, of course! That is what women have been doing since the Fall of Man. Some of us do with greater subtlety than others. The ones who do it best are the ones who let the man think that the idea was all theirs. Sooner or later, our husbands will turn and say that we have changed, and that we tricked them into marriage and that they were fools to marry the shrews, nags and termagants we subsequently became, but that would be their misfortune!

Anyway, it doesn't matter how you do it as long as it is done.

Parenthood is a life-changing and attitude-transforming experience, for with it comes the responsibility of being responsible for another person's life. This is so if you take it seriously, as an investment and as a distillation of all that you might have learnt that could be worth passing on.

It is NOT, as I have been trying to point out, about treating our children as pets, or giving them unconditional love.

What is it about parents these days that most do no such thing and do not even see it as their role to guide their children away from heartache and regret by some act of commission or omission?

How strange it is that moral authority is something the modern parent no longer sees as his or her role. Of course you cannot force anyone to listen to you if they do not wish to, but it is odd that no one even goes so far as to put themselves in a position to be able to say later: "I told you so". There is no need of course to go so far as to tell them that you told them so, but the option should be available.

It is the least we can do to discharge our duty to those we care about, by telling them so, even if they will not listen, when the situation remains capable of being remedied.

More babies being born with Down's syndrome

This curious phenomenon suggests the following of British society:-

1. Increasing numbers of couples view the having children as similar to having pets. (We expect nothing of our pets except their ability to be obedient, grateful, forever dependent and never leave us. Pets, you see, have no use except to gratify the ego of the pet-owner and to stave off feelings of loneliness and uselessness that we all might have from time to time.)

2. These parents expect very little from their children, because they appear to have the luxury of being able to treat their children as pets.

3. The waste and purposelessness of such an unrewarding venture - that of bringing up a child who will never achieve full independence and who will always be a source of worry, particularly if they do not predecease their parents - is not being questioned enough by parents, because of the cushion of a welfare state.

4. More mothers are having children later and later.

5. The greater willingness of parents now prepared to bring up children with Down's Syndrome is indicative of the unwisdom of indiscriminate compassion that now pervades British society. This may be due to the fact that we now live in a society that is morbidly over-feminised.

6. A society that unquestioningly encourages the unproductive at the expense of the productive in the name of compassion will find itself burdened with the unproductive and unable to compete with societies unburdened by such policies.

7. Insanity is but fundamental error compounded by persistent irrationality.

8. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.

"It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre.”

Thursday, 20 November 2008

The Money, Power and Love Quiz

Please choose the answer (or place your answers in an order of preference) that most corresponds to your immediate emotional response.

1. Do you regard yourself as an Alpha Male/Female?

· Yes
· No
· In my dreams
· Never heard that term before.

2. Do you fear rejection?

· Used to it
· Doesn’t everyone?
· I deal with this by making a point of avoiding rejection.

3. Do others regard you as an Alpha Male/Female?

· More the beta kind
· Of course
· A bit of a loser at times really

4. What do you associate most with being an Alpha Male?

· Getting what I want.
· Getting the woman/man I want.
· What other people think I am not.

5. Do women think you are an Alpha Male?

· Only if they see me with my car and possessions
· My wife/girlfriend does
· Probably not

6. Do you feel life is unfair?

· Life’s a bitch and then you die! Didn’t you know that??
· You make your own luck.
· Unfairness has a way of targeting life’s losers.
· You make life fairer by being fair to as many people as you can.

7. What sort of woman would most suit you?

· One who knows her own mind
· Sweet tempered and mild
· One who loves and needs me
· One who would look good on my arm
· A fertile one

8. Do you mind people disagreeing with you?

· Doesn’t everyone?
· Not if they’re right
· Do I mind ignorant, arrogant, nitpicking fault-finders??

9. Do you mind women disagreeing with you?

· Especially women
· The gender is irrelevant
· There are women whose opinions I value

10. What do you think got you where you are?

· A mis-spent youth
· There is a lot to be said for taking the easy way out.
· Hard work
· Knowing what I want
· My native cunning
· A lucky star
· A large inheritance
· Being firm of purpose

11. What do you think is wrong with this country?

· What’s the point of bothering about things you can’t change?
· The political system
· The education system
· The legal system
· The social system
· The people who vote
· The people who don’t vote
· The irrationality of most people
· Too many foreigners
· Corrupt politicians

12. What do you think should be changed?

· People’s minds
· Human nature
· The party system
· The legal system
· The political system
· The social system
· The education system
· The welfare state
· Nothing. The poor are always with us.

13. What do you believe you are least likely to change?

· My views
· Others’ views

14. What is Conservatism?

. whatever the Conservative Party says it is

. family values, limited government, ie low taxes, light regulation

. not rocking the boat too much, ie keeping with the status quo, whatever it is

15. What is Liberalism?

. do-gooding hand-wringing interventionism

. being Politically Correct

. undermining traditional family values and the patriarchy

. pressing the self-destruct button and activing our death wish

. free trade and letting people be what they want to be provided they do not harm others

16. What is socialism?

. a modified form of Communism

. squeezing the rich till the pips squeak

. the poor man's revenge against the class and capitalist system

. a welfare state

. rule by the proletariat on behalf of the proletariat

. a discredited and unworkable ideology that is in the process of being further discredited as it edges close to collapse in the West

17. What is British Nationalism?

. A patriotic desire to act in the National Interest

. Whatever the BNP says it is

. racism, fascism, Islamophobia, xenophobia

18. What happens to us after we die?

. We go to Heaven or Hell.

. We are remembered briefly and then forgotten.

. We will be remembered if we are loved.

. We are remembered for our deeds.

. We live forever.

. We live on most fully in the minds of those whose lives we have touched and whose minds we have changed.

. Nothing.

19. Death is:

· The price of being alive
· A welcome break
· Especially dreaded by those who have wasted their lives
· A necessary evil
· Something we will know soon enough
· Nothingness
· Something that concentrates the mind
· A subject that I find depressing and pointless, like politics

20. Love is

· Having sex with the object of your desire
· Better than money
· Being happy
· Receiving affection and attention
· Over-rated
· Not as transferable as money
· A transformative experience
· Turbo-charges us into either a brick wall or a very good place
· Being genuinely happy to give

21. Wisdom is

· Something people have when they have lost their youth, if they are lucky
· The object of philosophy
· The application of knowledge, compassion and reason
· As rare as gold-dust

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Advice to Men Paying for Sex to Exercise Due Diligence

The following are ostensibly the questions we are asked to consider.

Should it be a crime to pay for sex? The British government wants to make it illegal to pay for sex with prostitutes who are controlled by pimps or have been trafficked to the UK. Will this move protect vulnerable women? Men who pay for sex could be publicly identified and even charged with rape, if they knowingly have sex with a woman forced into prostitution. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said it would 'be a good thing' if the measures deterred men from visiting prostitutes. Sex workers have criticised the proposal, saying they could be at greater risk if they have to work alone or in remote neighbourhoods.

Should the sex-trade be subject to tougher laws? Or would decriminalisation be a better move? How should governments prevent trafficking?

"Should an officious woman who indulges in gesture politics be allowed to become and remain Home Secretary?" is a question that also comes to mind.

My advice to seekers and purchasers of sexual services is this.

Apart from going equipped with the wherewithal for safe sex, he should also bring along a form to be filled in by the provider to protect him from criminal proceedings:


I, [name of prostitute], a provider of sexual services, do hereby declare
to [name of client] a purchaser of my sexual services, that I have not been
forced into prostitution.


Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Gloria Steinham

"Now, we have become the men we would like to marry."

Explain and discuss.

Friday, 7 November 2008


Dear Reader

What do you think might be the problem(s) with you/men/women that might prevent you from being in a long-term relationship?

  1. I can't trust them.
  2. They don't trust me.
  3. I don't understand them.
  4. They don't understand me.
  5. I don't know what I want.
  6. They don't know what they want.
  7. I am easily bored.
  8. They are easily bored.
  9. I have no money.
  10. They have no money.
  11. I am not conventionally attractive.
  12. I lack the ability or will to be pleasant, reliable and appreciated as a partner.
  13. I have a drink/drug/gambling addiction problem.
  14. They have a drink/drug/gambling addiction problem.
  15. I am a poor judge of character
  16. I can't seem to get them to do what I want or be what I want them to be.
  17. They are OK at the beginning and then start to go wrong.
  18. I lack self-esteem and tend to take whatever I can find, ie a low-quality partner. In other words, I am a victim of my own low standards.
  19. It is impossible getting them to love me and my pet(s) as I am neither fabulously wealthy nor unusually generous.
  20. I have fussy dietary requirements.
  21. I am possessive.
  22. I am violent.
  23. I have a bad temper.
  24. My children who live with me are brats and I refuse to accept any criticism of them or my parenting ability.
  25. People are just too fussy.
  26. I just can't seem to find someone I like, respect and trust enough.
  27. I just can't seem to find someone I like, respect and trust to contemplate a long-term relationship with me.
  28. Women think I'm a loser.
  29. Men think I'm a dog.
  30. I don't know and don't care.
  31. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
  32. I am carrying a torch for my ex.
  33. Potential partners are intimidated by my good looks, wealth, talent and charm.
  34. I am selfish, self-centred, arrogant and domineering.
  35. I am shy, ie fear rejection so much I do not have the courage to ask any woman I find attractive for a date.
  36. I have given up really.
  37. I hate sex.
  38. I hate people.
  39. I hate myself.
  40. Who would want me anyway?
  41. I am too set in my ways to change for anyone.
  42. I don't need anyone.
  43. I don't really like men/women.
  44. I am happier single. Yes, really.
  45. I would be better off on my own than settling for a wimp/loser/slag/crazy lady etc.
  46. OTHER (Please specify by leaving your comments/suggestions/insights. Yes, you, dear Reader!)