If there was ever a time for men to feel redundant in the reproductive department, now is the time. A story in The Age today describes how scientists in England have managed to create sperm from embryonic stem cell. The major breakthrough is thought to help mend the problem of male infertility. But does anyone else find this slightly alarming? First, the physical act of male and female copulating to breed has been made unnecessary with the introduction of IVF and sperm donors, so that now women don’t need a man at all (in the physical sense) to have children. And now? It turns out that men aren’t even needed to donate sperm anymore! All those stem cells that we’ve been convincing people to store safely away is really an elaborate plan to rid the world of any need for men, so that women can rule…
The most exciting news about the mag is that as of next year it will be a quarterly publication. Two issues a year is just not enough to say what all the young women have been emailing us about.
…Real magazine, published by Inspired (it’s actually Real) Girl Productions and supported by The Butterfly Foundation, Libra and Edge, aims to “inspire creativity and positive thinking, promote self respect and encourage readers to embrace their individuality”. Editor Erin Young writes, “Each day we are bombarded with messages implying that beauty and appearance should be the most important thing in our lives. Beauty is only skin deep…it is glamour that lasts forever and glamour comes from within!” Sounds like an unreal editorial philosophy to me. Subscribing immediately!
- There’s Anais Nin’s Under a Glass Bell– A beautifully descriptive piece of literature that I’m not quite far enough in to tell you about. Lent to me by my obst/gyn (who is also a family friend) it apparently falls under the genre of “soft-porn”. Who knew it could be so beautifully done?
- Philip Norman’s John Lennon: The life– An incredibly in-depth biography about one of the most revolutionary musicians of all time.
- Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road– the First Tuesday Book Club reviewed the book a few weeks ago, and ever since I heard that it was about a middle-class, white couple living in suburbia who dream to make their lives exciting and interesting but fail to do so, I have been dying to read it. Feeling somewhat stuck in suburbia myself, living the same life as everyone else, I could relate to that feeling of wanting more (as I’m sure many of us can) and I wanted to be shown the story from someone else’s perspective.
- Catherine Deveny’s Say When– which is basically a compilation of the opinion columns she’s written in The Age, but hilariously funny
- Mia Freedman’s The New Black– which is very similar to, and just as funny as, Catherine Deveny’s book
- Phillipa Pearce’s Tom’s Midnight Garden– one of my books for my Children’s Lit subjects at uni, it’s about a boy who, staying at his Aunt and Uncle’s one night, hears the grandfather clock downstairs strike 13 o’clock one night.
- And finally, Russ Harris’s Act With Love– a book that I thought would help me work on my relationship with my husband, which has no problems at all (currently) but for which I like to be prepared anyway.