Dr. F. Roger Devlin
F. Roger Devlin, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and the author of Alexandre Kojève and the Outcome of Modern Thought (University Press of America, 2004).
I have admired his path-breaking writings in The Occidental
Quarterly since I became aware of them, and I've emphatically recommended them
to everyone within reach. Dr. Devlin is a writer percipient, witty, and courageous
who simply must be read.
With Dr. Devlin's magnificent series, "Home Economics," The Last Ditch significantly extends its critique of modern culture. In the past I have posted substantial commentary on racial differences, racial politics, and questions of race in our culture; now Dr. Devlin has made TLD a major contributor to fearless discussions of sex differences, sexual politics, and sexual ideology.¶ "Home economics" I, sections 1 and 2: "Two conflicting conceptions of feminine dignity; feminism as male-role-envy." (May 15, 2008) One of the books I keep praising in these pages is Wendy Shalit's A Return to Modesty: Rediscovering the Lost Virtue (1997), but now Dr. Devlin presents a much sharper analysis of Shalit's thinking, especially as revealed in her second book, Girls Gone Mild.
¶ "Home economics" II, sections 3 and 4: "Modern neglect of the economic side of marriage; female attraction to 'providers' natural and unchangeable." (May 30)
¶ "Home economics" III, sections 5 and 6: "No property rights within the traditional family; family as primal form of community." (July 20)
¶ "Home economics" IV, sections 7 and 8: "Consequences of 'unlimited choice'; reasons for considering marriage an irreversible covenant." (August 26)
¶ "Home economics" V, sections 9 and 10: "Natural erosion of male role under modern conditions; deliberate erosion of male role by feminism" (October 13, 2008)
¶ "Home economics" VI, sections 11 and 12: "Practical consequences of domestic androgyny and role reversal; What is to be done?" (April 8, 2009)"The feminine sexual counter-revolution and its limitations" (March 17, 2008)