ALSO, ALL OF THE ACTION FIGURES HAVE LITTLE REMOVABLE SHOES THEY CAN PUT ON THE CONVEYOR BELT

For the aspiring TSA inspector in your family, the folks at Playmobil have unveiled their new Security Check-in playset, complete with conveyor belt and metal detector. But when we look at the photo of the playset in action (which you just have to), we can't help but detect some signs of pointed political satire: Why does that guard have his feet up on the job? And is he dressed like a Mod? Further, what in Hell is that freckle-faced lady guard holding, and is she going to use it on that innocent-looking lady traveler?

WE WERE NERVOUS ABOUT WATCHING CHILDBIRTH OURSELVES, BUT AFTER ACTING IT OUT A FEW TIMES WITH OUR PLAYMOBIL PLAYSET, WE WERE READY TO SEE THE REAL THING

One of the hottest topics we missed during our vacation was the visceral response to the Times' piece about a psychotherapist who had treated a number of men unable to feel attracted to their wives after watching them give birth. Most people reacted to these new dads with sharp hostility, although as Slate points out in their reasoned dissection of the reaction, "these men were patients in search of help, not Neanderthals who'd ditched their wives," and so they merited at least a little sympathy.

As for us, like most dads, we've witnessed childbirths, and this has never been a problem. Of course, we had the advantage of already having seen Loving Mother ravage a chicken carcass, so there wasn't much else she could do to gross us out . . .

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