Some weeks ago I read an article in Newsweek on manhood nowadays.
There are a lot of interesting ideas in this text. The first one is that men’s share of the labor force has declined. According to Newsweek as the U.S. economy has transitioned from brawn to brain over the past three decades, a growing number of woman have gone off to work.
The second idea is that women have matched or overtaken men as a percentage of students in college and graduate school.
And what have men done? Some men have turned to old models and mores of manhood for salvation. As a result the term “retrosexual” is replacing “metrosexual”. And this impulse transcends race and class.
As Newsweek says, in my opinion this reaction only perpetuates the problem. What men of the world should do is to look for models which help them to adapt to times.
Men must look at Sweden where they maybe can find the model for the new man.
Our society has got a new woman and now need a new man. We are going to need laws and rules which must help us to build a better world.
Some years ago, I gave up reading detective stories, especially if they were bestsellers. So I should have not started to read the trilogy called Millennium written by Stieg Larsson.
There was a huge media campaign on these books which, of course, it influenced on my decision of reading them. Moreover, I read a review on this novel written by the recent Nobel Prize Mario Vargas Llosa. For him, this is a good book and his reasons encouraged me to read the book.
Besides, I was given the first two tomes as a present and I felt obliged to read them (or, at least, to try to read them). So I started and… I can not continue after the page 40,… It appeared to be too boring, too much foreseeable. So I surrendered.
However, one day I talked with a friend who was keen on Millennium and she talked me that the first pages were the worst and that if I continued reading, I would enjoy the book. She is a good friend and I trust on her so I gave the book another chance.
She was right. The story caught me and I have not been able to stop reading until I have finished the third part.
Although it is true that there are too much stereotypes in the plot, there are also some original ideas. I especially like the main character, Lisbeth Salander, a little and dark woman who is asocial, punk, bisexual, violent if necessary and incredibly strong. She is a little woman who is in war against the world. She appears no to need anybody because she knows how to take care of herself. She does not want to be helped.
And the first question which an intelligent reader must be made is what is the reason why Lisbeth is this way.
Do you want to know what is the reason? If so, you have to read it. (And, please, tell me your comments)
Regarding Ghent, my piece of advice is not to visit this town. I mean not to visit it just now. The reason is that all the town is 'in contruction'. Streets and roads are opened as after a bomb attack and there are a lot of scaffolds which hide the facades. It is better to wait for another chance. My recommendation is to let these people finish their works. Maybe in summer time...
By the way, I have not been able to avoid taking this photography. As you can see McDonalds does not respect anything. They do not mind to destroy the harmony of a beauty square with one of their horrible restaurants.