Dear Abbie - The Non-Advice Podcast

Dear Abbie - The Non-Advice Podcast

I would like this podcast to start a conversation with women of all ages, convictions and styles of life – wherever situated on the gamut of experience. In principle, there is no bar to men joining in, since how one defines women has a lot to do with what it means to be a man. But it is women I invite to pull up a chair at this virtual café table and put their questions and views into the conversation. I can be wrong as often as right, so specific advice will be avoided. What will be sought is light on how best to frame the situation of women, considered as a highly interesting problematic. What kind of hand have we been dealt, as women, and how can we best play it?Abigail Rosenthal is Professor Emerita of Philosophy, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. She is the author of A Good Look at Evil, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, now appearing in an expanded second edition and as audiobooks. Dr. Rosenthal writes a weekly column for “Dear Abbie: The Non-Advice Column,” (www.dearabbie-nonadvice.com) where she explores the situation of women. She thinks women’s lives are highly interesting. She’s the editor of The Consolations of Philosophy: Hobbes’s Secret; Spinoza’s Way by her father, Henry M. Rosenthal. She’s written numerous articles that can be accessed at Academia.edu .

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January 14, 2022 9 min

What is femininity? 

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Unlike me, my mother would give advice, solicited and unsolicited.  For example: “Never tell other people your sexual history or how much money you have.  That’s Life Capital.”

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January 7, 2022 7 min

For a good many years I had a close woman friend.  She was also a colleague, thus for me among the most cherished of life’s treasures.  We were very different types, almost polar opposites in our ways of responding to everyday life and doing philosophy.


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January 5, 2022 7 min

But, to love is to … bring it about that the one you love will … suffer?  Go figure.

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December 31, 2021 17 min

I have been following, with a mixture of emotions — including curiosity and claustrophobia — C. S. Lewis’s account, in Surprised by Joy, of his conversion to theism (belief in a personal God) from his former atheism.  My last and most unexpected reaction has been recognition!  

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December 29, 2021 7 min

What is the place of faith in a woman’s life or a man’s?  In what should we have faith and when is it best to withhold it?

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December 24, 2021 8 min

When I was about twenty-five, I said to a friend, “I thought, when I’d be twenty- five, I’d be at least wonderful.  But I’m not.”

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December 22, 2021 9 min

To marry off Abigail was never a cinch.

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December 17, 2021 6 min

There are worlds in each of us that can’t be discovered if we are too wary.

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December 15, 2021 8 min

Two roads diverge in a wood.  The word was, you pick one or the other: love or work.


 

 

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December 10, 2021 8 min

Sometimes, when I am feeling particularly out of sorts, I imagine how my day or week would look to me if I were a materialist.  That makes me feel better, because I remember that I’m not one.

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December 7, 2021 6 min

Some years back I attended a wedding at a fashionable Manhattan club.  Le tout New York was there.  The bride was a long-stemmed American beauty, highly thought of in her profession.  The groom was one of those Englishmen whose recent best seller depicted his death-defying struggle to survive a desert trek through the back of beyond.  Glasses were raised, the happy couple stepped out on the dance floor, and the groom in plummy acce...

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December 3, 2021 7 min

What work does the fear of death do in our lives?



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December 1, 2021 6 min

Desire is the motor of every life.

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November 26, 2021 5 min

It is a fact of social life – perhaps a bizarre fact – that needful and strenuous efforts can be overshadowed by someone, anyone, who is dubbed “cool.”  

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November 24, 2021 6 min

Is it a good thing? A subversive thing? A morally neutral thing?


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November 19, 2021 6 min

I know it sounds funny to say, in a “non-advice column” for and about women, but the most evil people I have known personally were women.

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November 17, 2021 5 min

Clothes are a much bigger subject than is generally supposed.  I often say, “It doesn’t matter what happens, so long as you’re dressed for it.”  I suspect more than a few women would agree with me.


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November 12, 2021 5 min
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November 10, 2021 6 min

Invisibility can signal erasure.  

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