Category Archives: Shakespeare on Sex & Gender Roles

All Shakespeare entries on sex are PG-13. They are a bit like bikinis – what they reveal is suggestive, what they conceive is vital

Trump, Revolution in a Tea Cup

“Men judge by the complexion of the sky, the state and inclination of the day.” King Richard II The apparent enthusiasm for Trump’s success in the US presidential elections is an event historically recurrent and humanly understandable. The wonderful vignette by the Italian artist Vincenzo Apicella perfectly illustrates it. Even the famous horse, nominated senator Read More

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Burkini and Bikini

“Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy…” The debate about the admissibility of burkinis on European beaches has mostly spared the American audience. But the issue is sufficiently grotesque to deserve a few related notes.

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Sex, War and Patriarchy

“… All this the world well knows, yet none knows well To shun the heaven, that leads men to this hell” (SON 129) In the Sinai desert and Paris, we have just witnessed the triumph of horror, the summit of barbarity, the unseasonal festival of unreason, the waste of shame, the scenes of destruction,

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Shakespeare and Gender Ideology

God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times… … how chances mock, And changes fill the cup of alteration With divers liquors! King Henry IV, part 2, act 3, sc. 1) After the veil of oblivion has been cast on individual events, historians can draw their conclusions Read More

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Shakespeare at St. Valentine

Many, or at least the overwhelming majority of St. Valentine traditionalists, will acquire one or more cards from sundry stationery stores or franchises. Nothing wrong, of course, except that the pre-printed messages on St. Valentine cards are often more soft than crisp, more sniveling than elegant and more ridiculous than romantic. All good grist, along Read More

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Shakespeare, America and the Superbowl

“Mad I call it; for, to define true madness, What is ‘t but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go.” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) This article may irritate or alienate some American Internauts who regularly visit this site. If so, I am sorry but the information is based on publicly available Read More

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Shakespeare – Wars, Sex, Bikinis and Democracy

… wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion: a burning devil take them! (Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 2) Forest Grove is a suburb of the (unfortunately) sprawling greater Portland (Oregon). And while America has established (imposed) 140 military bases in Italy, Americans have developed a taste for Italian espresso in their home land. Read More

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Shakespeare, Romanticism and the Role of Woman in a Gated Democracy

“Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date…” (SON.18) Comment. As we will try to demonstrate in this article, the beautiful lines of this famous sonnet are desperately obsolete. Global Read More

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Shakespeare, Easter, Habit and Curious Related Information

“How use doth breed a habit in a man!” (Two Gentlemen from Verona, act 5, sc. 4) Comment.  Now that this year’s Easter is past, here is some related or, if you like, remarkably useless information. To begin with, the strong though invisible chain of habit (as per this article’s quote) leads most of us Read More

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Shakespeare, Health-care and Death as Consumer Items

“To die by thee, were but to die in jest; From thee to die, were torture more than death. O, let me stay, befall what may befall!” (King Henry VI, part 2, sct 3, sc. 2) Comment.  In the beginning there was the word. Less widely perceived is the importance of how the word is Read More

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