I was surprised, but it is true. Via The Truth about Shaving Cream:
My freedom from shaving cream began twenty years ago after a friend uttered to me — just in passing, in the course of a conversation during meal preparation — the great truth that shaving cream is a racket.
I was stunned. It took many months to process the information. Ever since I have exulted in my knowledge and felt deep pity on the rest of the world for languishing in unknowingness.
Granted, using shaving cream isn’t the most time consuming part of a day and certainly not a big part of any budget. But why spend money and time, no matter how little, on something that is not only unnecessary but possibly counterproductive?
When I first tried it I thought it would hurt, but it barely felt different from using shaving cream. I experimented for a few days using shaving cream one side and just water on the other. No difference.
The only thing I’d add to the advice in the link is to shave in the shower. Less mess and an easier shave. Shower mirrors are inexpensive and very handy (here’s one for $10). Once you’ve done it for a while you just need the mirror to ensure you don’t take a chunk out of your sideburns (uh, not that I ever did that . . .). The rest you can do without the mirror.
Enjoy your freedom!
Hat tip: Joe Carter
I support the concept of men being responsible for the children they create. I don’t support the one-sided pro-abortion argument that sex – with or without attempted birth control – is not consent to pregnancy, therefore women have the option to kill the children they created. It is a lousy argument to begin with, but even if true then these radical feminists should be consistent and let the guys have the same choice to opt-out. Don’t let pro-aborts get away with the inconsistency. If they use that argument, ask if they also apply it to men.
Via If a Man Doesn’t Want to be a Father, He’s a Deadbeat; A Woman is Just Pro-Choice.
When arguing about abortion, I’ve seen a lot of people claim “sex isn’t a contract.” Other variations of this idea include:
· Consent to A doesn’t mean consent to B (that is, consent to sex doesn’t mean consent to reproduction).
· You clearly don’t consent to reproduce if you use birth control.
· Sex is not a crime and shouldn’t be punished / Rights cannot be restricted unless there is a crime.
The problem is, when it comes to reproduction, these arguments only apply to women.
If a man gets a woman pregnant–be it his wife, girlfriend, affair, or one night stand–he is legally bound to provide support for that child. In other words, because the man participated in the child’s conception (because the man had sex), his rights are altered. It doesn’t matter if the man was only consenting to sex, and not to reproduction. It doesn’t matter if he used birth control. It doesn’t matter that sex isn’t a crime. He fathered the kid, so the law considers him responsible for the kid.
And the law takes a pretty hard line on the subject. Courts can require a father to pay child support based not just on what he earns, but on what courts believe he has the ability to earn
. Child support obligations remain even if a father goes to prison
, or declares bankruptcy
. Even if he wants to terminate his parental rights (and therefore his parental responsibilities), the courts usually won’t allow it
unless there is another adult prepared to adopt the child and take over that responsibility. And there are many methods for enforcing
child support. A man’s tax refunds can be intercepted, his property seized, business or occupational license suspended, and in some states his driver’s license
can be revoked. If he still fails to make payment, he can be held in contempt and given jail time.
In short, if a man has sex he runs the risk of being (rather tightly) legally bound to any new life he creates. . .
I rarely go to any movies so I must confess I haven’t seen this one. If you saw it, do you recommend it? What did you think of it?
“We’ve minimized the role of fathers, so we’ve created a generation of barbarians—children who become men without growing up. They stay in boyhood through their 20s and 30s, sometimes their whole lives. They think of themselves first, indulge in pornography, do what they feel like, and leave their wives and culture and churches to raise their children.” —Nathan, character in Courageous novel (www.epm.org/courageous)
The LA Times had a good article on men and the aftermath of abortions.
One of the major lies of the abortion movement is that there is nothing to feel guilty about, because abortion isn’t immoral. But even if you repeat it over and over, deep down people know there is something wrong with it.
Pro-choicers may claim that people feel guilty because others make them feel guilty. There could be an element of truth to that. But abortion is legal and 90% of the media are strongly pro-choice, so why would the “minority” view have such an impact? Pro-choicers try to claim we are anti-women. I suppose that could make me feel guilty, but I know what a joke that attack is. I also don’t feel guilty about eating meat, regardless of what PETA says.
Typically, people feel guilty because the are guilty. Rationalize all you like, but you can’t run away from it.Consider how great works of literature explored this theme (e.g., Macbeth, Crime and Punishment, The Tell-tale Heart).
The good news is that there is forgiveness and healing in Jesus. One of the most important things that pro-life groups and pregnancy centers do is offer post-abortion trauma counseling. It is a shame that more churches don’t offer it. They tend to be at the extremes of pretending it isn’t a sin (so who would need counseling for it?) and thinking it is an unforgivable sin. Both are lies.
If you need help, I encourage you to search for “post abortion trauma” on the web, or contact your local crisis pregnancy center. Here’s one site to get you started – Healing Hearts.