November 11th, 2003

The gentleman is always properly dressed

(no subject)

8 - The number of weeks that have passed since I requested the information packet from the Boston Vegetarian Society.

0 - Number of days before I give up on them entirely.

'Sok, though. Based on what I saw at their site, it probably would have been chock full of propaganda otherwise not terribly useful. Truth be known, I'm not entirely interested in surrendering my omnivore status... I was just nosing around to try to find a somewhat more healthy diet. Screw 'em.
The gentleman is always properly dressed

Is Equal, Is Not Equal

I've a question that's been bugging me since the story about mannergarten broke. I know that there was a certain degree of amusement over the idea. Perhaps some of you even thought it might be a good idea.

I guess what troubles me is that it's not all that dissimilar from the old gentlemen's clubs* which have all but disappeared. There is of course, one exception. Instead of being a place where men can gather and enjoy each other's company and a certain elan, mannergarten is a place billed as a kind of day care or kindergarten for grown men.

So, why is it that a gathering of men by their choice is presents an edifice that needs be torn down, but one where the men can be infantilized in some way is acceptable and funny?

*I'm talking about the old dark-panelled social clubs where one could enjoy a port and a cigar in the company of other men, not the common euphemism for an "upscale" strip joint.