I have done my own "sort of" objective study of how women differ from men in the matter of seeking appearances in the eyes of others (BW, Feature, "Cutting Women Out" March 6, 2008). I found that women, even today, are 19 times as likely to use lipstick several times a day than are men. While this may be changing in our modern world, women are 15 times more likely to wear earrings that dangle over 1.5 inches from the ear lobe. Of course, since a heavyweight boxer bit off the ear of his opponent, there has been little growth of big ear showery in men. I also found that 23 times as many women wear stiletto shoes with heels over 3 inches high. The only man who chose to wear them was 5-foot, 3-inches tall, who wanted to be an NBA star. Women have 23 times as many pedicures a year than do men.
Take the matter of cleavage. Most men find this issue grossly unfair. The only way that men can show cleavage and be filmed is to remove their boxer shorts and run away from their companion or their interviewer. And attire is still an issue dividing people by gender. Sen. Clinton has regularly worn pants or slacks at her rallies. I proposed to Sen. Obama that he counter this by regularly wearing skirts and dresses on the campaign trail. So far, I have received no response. But please note: Hillary always uses her first name on posters and on TV. Others like McCain, Obama and Edwards use their last names. It is almost as if the senator is embarrassed by her last name. I have not finished polling that issue.
—Tom Edgar, Boise
Go, Pot Guy
Ryan Davidson is to be commended for his one-man crusade against cannabis prohibition (BW, News, "Cannabis Crusader," March 6, 2008). If health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms, marijuana would be legal. Unlike alcohol, marijuana has never been shown to cause an overdose death, nor does it share the addictive properties of tobacco. Like any drug, marijuana can be harmful if abused, but jail cells are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.
The first marijuana laws were enacted in response to Mexican immigration during the early 1900s, despite opposition from the American Medical Association. Dire warnings that marijuana inspires homicidal rages have been counterproductive at best.
By raiding voter-approved medical marijuana providers in California, the very same U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that claims illicit drug use funds terrorism is forcing cancer and AIDS patients into the hands of street dealers. Apparently, marijuana prohibition is more important than protecting the country from terrorism.
—Robert Sharpe, policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, D.C.
A Few Things
The ultimate goal of the National Rifle Association is to get grade-schoolers to carry loaded AK-47s to class, and the kindergarteners: miniature handgrenades. Good work, Crapo and Craig.
Republicans I know are still saying it's better we fight over there rather than here. If that was really the case, we should have hit Saudi Arabia instead of Iraq. But we can't as long as Dubya is fraternizing.
If the Democrats were so influential in the last Republican primary, how did we end up with Sali?
You never print any of my proposed cover designs. Why not? They're just as bad as the ones you do.
—Joe Bejsovec, Boise
Child of Light
I was recently interviewed for Street Talk (BW, Street Talk, March 6, 2008). When she (I didn't actually catch her name, nice woman) asked me my occupation, I very clearly stated that I'm a "Child of Light." For reasons unknown to me, someone at BW decided I was wrong in that claim, and took the liberty of changing my occupation to "cartoonist." I happen to be the guy who does the Hobo Jargon comic for BW, but I feel the title of cartoonist is a misrepresentation of who I am, and would never claim to be something I'm not. Carpentry is actually my occupation and primary source of income, but I chose to say "Child of Light" anyway. I'm actually kind of embarrassed to have been misrepresented, as it's an insult to those whose contribution to the world of comics is more substantial. (E.J. Pettinger, Mike Flynn, the brilliant minds behind Cathy and Family Circus, etc.) I don't take offense—I'm just baffled by the misprint/embellishment, and want to make it clear to your readership (those who might have taken notice) that I am completely and entirely not responsible for what was printed.
Keep on truckin'.
—Elijah Jensen, Boise