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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946

[Letter from G.S. Bogle to Salient Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946]

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Dear Sir,—I suppose your letter-box will be stuffed full of replies from men all over the college denying this and that; but I don't want to deny anything. I just want to complain.

As an average Weir House man I have to agree we lack technique. Coming from the country we are naturally a bit shy of women. If I were to meet such a sophisticated woman as Unsigned must be, I'm sure I'd be very fascinated but not know what to do with her at all.

My complaint is about the suggestion that we should be ashamed of [unclear: not] having a technique. That callous word belongs to an attitude quite foreign to us simple fellows. We feel there are more manly things in life than love-making. What about the clean, healthy, exhilarating things such as shouting at the top of one's voice, eating an apple, or having a cold shower?

I think I can speak for most of us in this: we may be rough; but we are Men, and proud of it.

—Yours faithfully.

G. S. Bogle.