Proof: Mark Patinkin, a columnist for the Providence Journal, admits he bought his 11-year-old son a copy of Maxim Magazine and then writes a column displaying even more reasons why he’s unfit for parenthood. I used to wonder who the parents were who think it’s okay to host keg parties for their teenagers so there will be adult supervision. Patinkin provides a window into the sort of illogic that leads to such misguidance. In short, rather than admitting he’s a fool for purchasing Maxim for his son, Patinkin spends 800 words in a failed attempt to justify his poor fathering skills with a rant against the equivalently raunchy content found in women’s magazines. Pantikin’s column reminds me of a quotation attributed to every sage from Lincoln to Twain: It is better to keep your mouth shut and have people believe you are a fool than to open it and prove them correct. (For the record, the likely origin of the quotation is Proverbs 17:28, here in the KJV: “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”)