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5 December 1991
Iron John: A Book about Men 
by Robert Bly.
Element, 268 pp., £12.95, September 1991, 9781852302337
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The way men think: Intellect, Intimacy and the Erotic Imagination 
by Liam Hudson and Bernadine Jacot.
Yale, 219 pp., £16.95, November 1991, 0 300 04997 8
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Utne Reader. Men, it’s time to pull together: The Politics of Masculinity 
Lens, 144 pp., $4, May 1991Show More
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... In 1919, after prolonged study, the Harvard ethologist William Morton Wheeler pronounced the male wasp ‘an etiological nonentity’. An animal behaviourist had scrutinised the male wasp and found – no behaviour. We can well imagine the male wasp’s response to such a verdict: his initial shock and hurt; his descent into a period of depressed introspection; his eventual decision to improve his act ...

Goddesses and Girls

Nicholas Penny

2 December 1982
... of a reclining nude woman being looked at by a musician (the finest version is in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge). For Hope they ‘simply show a man attempting to win the favours of a woman through the power of music’. Titian might have hoped that we would imagine we could both hear the music and see in the woman’s face how her mind is ravished ...

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