Some Like It Hot

Gordon Mohr
Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:34:35 -0700

I wrote:
> Perhaps the long-term solution is to provide Afghanistan with
> a few million units of "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" -- 
> as in Neal Stephenson's "Diamond Age".

For those who haven't read "Diamond Age", the "Primer" is a 
sort of EBook/education PDA for young girls, teaching them 
various skills and values through a series of stories and 
interactive exercises. When mass-produced and disseminated, 
it creates an army of assertive Chinese girls who figure 
prominently in Stephenson's (typically strained and 
over-the-top) climax.

Others are thinking along the same lines. Discovered via

    An insightful editorial cartoon:


    "What Islamic terrorists are really afraid of is women",
     by Boris Johnson, editor of The Spectator and Tory MP
    Johnson's conclusion:

    "Female emancipation has been the biggest social 
     revolution since print. In trying to resist it, the 
     Muslim fanatics are establishing themselves as doomed 
     cultural Luddites. Let me say what the Left cannot say, 
     since it chokes on the contradictions of its position, 
     at once feminist, and yet relativist.

     It is time for concerted cultural imperialism. They are 
     wrong about women. We are right. We can't have them 
     blowing us up. The deluded fanatics must be helped to a 
     more generous understanding of the world. Female education 
     is the answer to the global population problem. It is the 
     ultimate answer to the problem of Islamic fundamentalist 

- Gordon