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.