This book is hilarious. Some of the ideas are more like ways to insult a teenager or just get rid of the kid. It's all tongue in cheek and designed fo...moreThis book is hilarious. Some of the ideas are more like ways to insult a teenager or just get rid of the kid. It's all tongue in cheek and designed for parents with teenagers, parents that are sick and tired of fighting.
Here are some examples of how to get a teenager to run away from home:
Walk around the house naked. Invite her teacher to dinner. Put a sign in the bedroom: A teenager is an adolescent who acts like a baby when you don't treat him like an adult. When she comes home, dust her for fingerprints. Let him know that you've made an appointment with the doctor to have him wormed. Deduct withholding tax from her allowance. GIve him a gift certificate for a vasectomy. Get a mother-daughter outfit and follow her around wherever she goes. Start every conversation with, "When I was your age..."
It was just a nice reprieve from the chaos in my home. (less)
Much of this I didn't get and the ones I did just weren't funny. If it weren't written in 1984, I'd label it bizzaro. The images are even hard to figu...moreMuch of this I didn't get and the ones I did just weren't funny. If it weren't written in 1984, I'd label it bizzaro. The images are even hard to figure out.(less)
This was fairly forward thinking for its day for some things like masturbation: "The only thing harmful about masturbation is the guilt drummed into c...moreThis was fairly forward thinking for its day for some things like masturbation: "The only thing harmful about masturbation is the guilt drummed into children." It also appears to support greater access to abortions for pregnant women and discusses many varieties of birth control.
But it's take on homosexuality is appalling. Here are a few of the statements in the book:
"One of the main features of homosexuality is promiscuity...The homosexual must constantly search for the one man, the one penis, the one experience, that will satisfy him. Tragically there is no possibility of satisfaction because the formula is wrong."
In regards to those gay men who live together happily for years: "The bitterest argument between husband and wife is a passionate love sonnet by comparison with a dialogue between a butch and his queen. Live together? Yes. Happily? Hardly."
On gender reassignment surgery: "...Two homosexuals who had undergone these operations five years previously died of cancer. Ironically they succumbed to cancer of the breast--their new femae breasts. Ironicallyl these men who wanted to be women died of a woman's disease. that's as close as they came." Seriously? LOTS of men get breast cancer. LOTS. Here are some estimates from the American Cancer Society for breast cancer in men in the US for 2014:
About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men will be diagnosed About 430 men will die from breast cancer For men, the lifetime risk of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 3,333 slightly more likely than dying from natural forces (heat, cold, storms, quakes, etc.) is 1 in 3,357.
Back to the book:
"All [homosexuals] have this in common: the primary interest is the penis, not the person."
"Those who combine homosexuality with sadistic and masochistic aberrations are among the cruelest people who walk the earth...they filled the ranks of Hitler's Gestapo and SS." However, although the author thinks heterosexual S&M fetishists are childish, they are just "harmless."
After describing very promiscuous and impersonal behavior (including a glory hole), the question is asked whether all homosexual contacts are as impersonal as that. The answer is, "No. Most are much more impersonal." (And why is impersonal sex and promiscuous behavior automatically wrong? It's not like heterosexuals don't do those things.)
Transvestites are listed under perverts.
For someone so forward thinking in some areas, to be incredibly backward about gay issues, is disturbing. It was only a few years after the book was written that psychiatrists removed homosexuality as a disease in and of itself from the DSM. Considering how many years it takes to publish a new edition of that book, there had to have been a lot of talk at that time about homosexuality being normal.