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horse vs. mule: Burnel recognized value of seminal action

In Speculum stultorum, the wise donkey Burnel didn't want to be a bishop like a sterile mule. Burnel valued seminal action. You should, too. … Read the post horse vs. mule: Burnel recognized value of seminal action
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Sept. 24, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

life of saints chronicled man’s sexual deprivation and suffering

In the lives of saints Ioustina (Justina) and Kyprianos (Cyprian), a forgotten man's sexual deprivation and suffering offers lessons today for men in love. … Read the post life of saints chronicled man’s sexual deprivation and suffering
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Sept. 24, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

learning from women: tears will gain you forgiveness for all your crimes

Drawing upon insights from Speculum stultorum, men seeking gender equality must cry openly and profusely in the face of appalling injustices against men. … Read the post learning from women: tears will gain you forgiveness for all your crimes
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Sept. 24, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

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Sept. 13, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

mother’s emotional abuse pushed Burnel to study in Paris

In the medieval Latin Speculum stultorum, Burnel's mother emotionally abused him. Burnel as an adult donkey pursued foolish ways to win her love. … Read the post mother’s emotional abuse pushed Burnel to study in Paris
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Sept. 12, 2017, 3:20 a.m.

Jan van Eyck, Canon van der Paele, and Galbert of Bruges

Jan van Eyck's The Virgin and Child with Canon van der Paele in St. Donation's Church in Bruges invoked betrayal in ordinary and salvation history. … Read the post Jan van Eyck, Canon van der Paele, and Galbert of Bruges
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Sept. 12, 2017, 3:02 a.m.

Moschos in Pratum Spirituale told of women sexually harassing men

John Moschos in his Pratum Spirituale {Spiritual Meadow} described Christian women acting strongly and decisively to end their sexual harassment of men. … Read the post Moschos in Pratum Spirituale told of women sexually harassing men
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Sept. 12, 2017, 2:35 a.m.

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Aug. 16, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

women should express greater, wider-ranging love for men

In 1481, a Byzantine woman in Thessaloniki inscribed an intense, cultured love poem on the tomb of her beloved man, Loukas Spandounes. … Read the post women should express greater, wider-ranging love for men
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Aug. 13, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Galbert chronicled horrific violence against men in medieval Flanders

Chronicling the murder of Charles the Good in medieval Flanders, Galbert of Bruges reported numberless men's deaths. Take notice of violence against men. … Read the post Galbert chronicled horrific violence against men in medieval Flanders
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Aug. 13, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

husband blaming wife for infertility wrong in Christian marriage

Anger and anguish over infertility don't belong in truly Christian marriage. Christian husbands and wives are always fruitful. … Read the post husband blaming wife for infertility wrong in Christian marriage
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Aug. 13, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Widows update hogs all Internet bandwidth & craps on its user-serfs

If you use Microsoft Windows 10, your computer and your internet connection aren’t yours. Windows owns them. Your needs and preferences as a user matter little in relation to what Windows wants to do to you. If Windows 10 decides it wants to download a mega-update, it can just do it. That will make your … Continue reading Widows update hogs all Internet bandwidth & craps on its user-serfs
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Aug. 13, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

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Aug. 2, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

no ordinary sexless marriage: the life of Andronikos & Athanasia

The sexless marriage of Andronikos & Athanasia moves from the privileged position of the maternal nourisher to a wife developing true love for her husband. … Read the post no ordinary sexless marriage: the life of Andronikos & Athanasia
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July 31, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

cock Chauntecleer nearly devoured for lack of good Latin learning

Chauntecleer in Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale would reject his wife Pertelote's advice and keep silent if he understood the Latin Speculum stultorum. … Read the post cock Chauntecleer nearly devoured for lack of good Latin learning
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July 31, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

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July 19, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

Dedda suborned murder of her husband Boldran in medieval Flanders

With exemplary sense of gender justice, Galbert of Bruges recognized that Dedda suborned the murder of her husband Boldran in 11th-century Flanders. … Read the post Dedda suborned murder of her husband Boldran in medieval Flanders
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July 16, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

Mirror of Fools: the eminent doctor Galen on short tails and penises

In the medieval Latin Mirror of Fools (Speculum stultorum), the donkey Burnel, seeking a longer tail, consults doctor Galen. Foolish men behave similarly. … Read the post Mirror of Fools: the eminent doctor Galen on short tails and penises
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July 16, 2017, 11 p.m.

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July 5, 2017, 4:01 a.m.

Saint Barbara can help men resisting being pressured into marriage

Men being pressured to marry under law can look to early Christian Saint Barbara for an inspiring model of fearless resistance against pressure to marry. … Read the post Saint Barbara can help men resisting being pressured into marriage
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July 3, 2017, 12:59 a.m.