May 23, 2006 |
FOR YEARS NOW, preservationists have been pleading and preaching in a failed attempt to get humans to stop slaughtering exotic and increasingly rare animals whose organs are believed to increase sexual potency. But it hasn't worked. Poachers risk bullets, handcuffs and steep fines for the profits from rhinoceros horns, tiger penises or the eggs of endangered sea turtles, all wrongly believed to enhance male sexual performance or desire. It's time for a new approach.
March 16, 2005 |
Naming a new car model is never easy. Automakers invest millions in what are essentially metaphors and, despite all the vetting by linguists and focus groups, these loose cannons of language often have severe blow-back. In 2003, for example, General Motors learned -- only after naming its new high-volume mid-size Buick LaCrosse -- that in Canada "lacrosse" is slang for sexual solitaire. Oh, too bad, eh?
February 6, 2005 |
"The way to a man's heart is through his stomach," goes the old saw, which I believe I first heard Wilma tell Betty on an episode of "The Flintstones." Not exactly a paradigm for romance, but there is truth in cartoon shows. And I've done enough cooking for women to tell you it works both ways. Of course, we all know it's not necessarily the literal heart of the matter we want to get to. Happy Valentine's Day, darling. Me, Tarzan. You, Jane. Now what's for dinner? Aphrodisiac cooking, anyone?
June 27, 2004 |
The rabid debates of the late 1990s have returned. According to his defenders, former President Clinton's White House dalliances with Monica Lewinsky were nobody's business but Hillary's. His critics say it was not just about sex -- lying under oath was the issue. Clinton says he did it "just because I could." I say he could because the American people elected him. And sex with an intern in the Oval Office was not a perk we intended him to have.
July 18, 1999
Re "S. Africa Is Prying Abalone Poachers From Their Prey," July 8: I read with disgust the reported demise of yet another animal species due to the international trade in purported "aphrodisiacs" in the Chinese marketplace. Siberian tigers, American black bears and now South African abalone. The list goes on. Why can't Chinese culture concoct an elixir of a more sustainable nature, such as rat tails or chicken beaks? When these animal populations are exhausted in order to feed this frivolous male obsession with potency, will the Chinese population fall into a downward spiral as well?
July 8, 1999 |
They carry AK-47 assault rifles. They once firebombed a marine-conservation patrol boat. When authorities in one small town got tough, they stormed the police station. They have even placed a bounty on a police dog that sniffs packages at the Cape Town airport. What's all the danger about? Narcotics? Diamonds? Armaments?