Friday, June 18, 2004

From the other battleground 

President Bush's single-minded obsession with Iraq has unfortunately only served to distract us from the main game - the war of the sexes. Here's the latest.

New Hampshire state Attorney General is forced to resign after allegations that he groped several women at a conference. In case you were wondering, the conference was concerned with domestic and sexual violence.

Meanwhile, a Covington, Kentucky, School Superintendent is in trouble after sending 20 of his female staff to a "morale boosting" male stripping show. "We just laughed and laughed and laughed," said Jena Meehan, the Superintendent's secretary. "It was a spectacle, to be sure, and to have all of us there was even funnier." I bet it was.

And in China, "Female panda [gets] pregnant after watching panda porn." 4-year old Hua Mei, born at San Diego Zoo, "was sent to the Wolong Panda Protection Centre in south-western China for several months of sex education lessons, which included watching hours of panda pornography. They hoped the sex videos might put her in a lustful mood for one of many 'blind dates' she would encounter in their efforts to get her pregnant - and the videos paid off." I thought that these things only happened in Denmark.

And to top it all off:

"Scientists have tweaked the genes of promiscuous male rodents, transforming them at a stroke into faithful, attentive and caring partners.

"They changed the behaviour of the meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, by implanting a single gene into its genome, and reported their results in the current issue of the journal Nature.

"This playboy of the grasslands thinks nothing about mating with several females at one time and leaving them to rear his offspring while he wanders off in search of his next conquest."
What's the bet that the entertainment industry, for so long fascinated with self-enhancement, will suddently draw the line at this crazy "Brave New World"-"playing God" stuff.

Update: I just don't know where all these stories are coming from today: "An eccentric multimillionaire running for mayor of this rough border city [Tijuana] has apologized for saying his favorite animal is 'woman'."


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