May 13, 2004

Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys

"The result of 'self-abuse' is always — mind you, always — that the boy after a time becomes weak and nervous and shy, he gets headaches and probably palpitation of the heart, and if he still carries it on too far he very often goes out of his mind and becomes an idiot."
The wise words from Lord Baden-Powell, and a funny review by Christopher Hitchens. How long before an updated version for our contemporary empire builders worried about the manhood of their stock? (And how come female trailer trash is teaching self-abuse these days?)

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