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Creating people's geographies

Leunig: Ban the Business Burqa

Suit and tied … oh, we are more free and progressive aren’t we? ;)

ALSO SEE another whimsical Leunig cartoon (1984) to which I’ve just added a comment – this 1984 cartoon receives regular hits here and I’m curious about its appeal … comments invited and most welcome.

2 comments on “Leunig: Ban the Business Burqa

  1. Servant
    30 December, 2006

    What a great find. How few women appreciate the need for the liberation of men! You’ve inspired me to finish scanning a chapter for you from Knowing Woman by Irene Claremont de Castillejo. Apparently it didn’t develop a big following here in the States, judging by the reviews.

    Free my people now!

  2. Servant
    31 December, 2006

    I promised you a chapter, and you shall have it. I still have to proof read it, but I’m pretty sure it’s all here.

    This is related to two problems that many men suffer from. 1) unmitigated materialism locks many of us into highly debilitating competitive roles. And
    2) the collective consciousness of men is dependent up that of women.

    “he tendency in both men and women to take over the less vital characteristics of the other sex and, in so doing, to lose touch with their own fundamental truth is, I believe, a transitional one, but in the meantime it has a disastrous effect. Many women have for­gotten, in the modem emphasis on a career and economic inde­pendence, that woman has a role to play towards man which is inherent in her nature, a role which is not a sharing of his intellec­tual interests nor the providing of his meals; not becoming the mother of his children nor being his sexual partner; but over and beyond all these, her role is still, as it always has been, to be a mediator to man of his own creative inspirations, a channel whereby the riches of the unconscious can flow to him more easily than if she were not there.

    At present it is the young men who appear most unsure of themselves, not the young women. Men feel threatened in their masculine role because women are now competing, but do not yet know what is the next step in their own evolution. [Ye old Chicken and Egg Prollem : P]

    The young women, on the other hand, are still buoyed up by the exhilaration of their newly found status. They continue to be wives and mothers, yet are successful in man’s world as well. But in so doing they often fail to realize how precarious men fed, and how much the particular man needs his woman to believe in him and to welcome his vision with as much warmth and tenderness as she accepts his child. ”

    ……… and

    ” On the other hand, women on the whole are more biologically minded than they care to recognize, which undermines their modern education.

    The vast majority of women are still willy-nilly housewives and mothers, and for the sake of the children born and yet unborn they want security and material comfort and the status quo. With her new found power, woman has become the hub around which society revolves. It is not her vote but her purchasing power which counts. The advertizing agencies know and exploit this fact. It is she who pushes up the material standards of living, seeking ever-new gadgets to ease her burden of overwork, not noticing that in doing so she is binding her husband’s feet more firmly to the crippling treadmill he detests in order to meet time payments and the monthly bills. Her panacea is always more gadgets, not more simplicity. “

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This entry was posted on 9 October, 2006 by in Business, Cartoonists, Gender and tagged , .

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-- Aldous Huxley

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