How to Train Women

Front Cover

Front Cover

We can file this piece of ephemera under Betty Friedan: Spinning Like a Top!”

In this thirty-five page pearl, lion trainer turned author, Capt. Robert J. Bailie, provides insight on how men can use animal training techniques to train women! He doesn’t bring out the whips and chairs, but instead relies upon intimidation and manipulation to achieve his goal.

Training ‘em!!! A Lion Trainer’s Views on Handling Women, should have been written 30,000 years before it’s publish date of 1930. If it had been, I can picture a bunch of guys huddled around a small fire, in the original ‘man cave,’ reading the book’s review in the Neanderthal Times, grunting their approval of the authors judicious judgment and sensibility, demonstrated by his statements such as:

“Every woman wants a man who will run her and make her like it. Of course, it’s only that she should make a bluff at so-called equality and independence, but only a bluff.”


If there is one thing on this earth I despise it is a so-called man who is ruled by a dame


And it seems that Capt. Bailie may have a touch of egotism, but just a touch. The inside title page of his opus offers the reader a memorable image of himself, complete with begging lions and fawning women. The back cover of the dust jacket adds more insight. Here it is says, 

His genius, it will be apparent to the reader, is not confined within the bars of an animal cage.

There is also an interesting blurb about him parachuting out of a plane that was about to crash into a New York City skyscraper. I have to do more sleuthing into the life of this guy, just to make sure he’s for real!

Book's dust jacket back cover



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7 Responses to How to Train Women

  1. Mark March 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    That’s just awesome, but I’m disappointed to find out that I’m a “so-called man”….dames have been ruling my life for years!

    • admin March 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Yeah, I know the feeling. Some things are universal.

  2. GP Cox December 6, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Whoa! He wouldn’t last long in this day and age, eh? haha

    • Bart Ingraldi December 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      There was certainly a different accetable vibrato back then, today he would be skewered by marching demonstators calling for his castration!

      • GP Cox December 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

        haha – you know it!

  3. Paul McMillan January 16, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    He certainly did parachute from a plane. The date was November 20, 1929 and he was a passenger in a Fleet aircraft piloted by Capt Charles ‘Chip’ Ivan Reid over Central Park, New York City. The plane apparently had engine trouble, and entered a spin. Reid told Bailie to bail out, hoping to force land his plane in Central Park, but crashed into the Y.M.C.A. building at 64th Street and was killed.

    However, as for Bailie himself. I cannot find an reason for him to be called a “Captain” (there is no evidence of him in anyone’s Army) He claimed to have been born in Massachusetts in 1911 but I find no evidence of this either and only turns up in 1930 in New York. I suspect he was actually born in Ireland (the rest of his family were Irish) or Canada and came to the US sometime in the mid to late 1920’s

    He then spent the rest of the 1930’s as a writer (he appears in Popular Mechanics in 1936) and is quoted as living in Flushing NY but I cannot track him down after this, His full name may be Robert James Bailie

    • Bart Ingraldi January 16, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      Many, many, thanks for the information! Your obvious research talents are always welcomed to enhance any of my posts.

Thanks for taking the time to write