“Real Men Study Law”

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Bruce Reed, in Slate Magazine:

[I am] still reeling from revelations about [John] Roberts’ youth in [a] fascinating psychological profile from Sunday’s Washington Post. The article recounts one especially telling episode. Young Roberts was considering a graduate degree in history, his favorite subject, when Jack Roberts, his strong-willed father, reportedly told him, “Real men study law.” Isn’t that one of the unlikeliest four-word sentences in the English language? Check for yourself: A Google search turns up more than 3 million results for the phrase “real men”; but in the entire searchable history of humankind, Jack Roberts is the only person ever to utter the phrase, “Real men study law.”