March 2, 2008

Dumbest column ever?

Perhaps, and it isn't even written by Bill Kristol or plagiarized by a White House staffer. Instead, it is an obnoxious anti-feminist screed written by an anti-feminist woman who argues that women swooning over Obama is proof that women, in general, are not as bright as men.
"I am perfectly willing to admit that I myself am a classic case of female mental deficiencies. I can't add 2 and 2 (well, I can, but then what?). I don't even know how many pairs of shoes I own.

And then gets worse:
"So I don't understand why more women don't relax, enjoy the innate abilities most of us possess (as well as the ones fewer of us possess) and revel in the things most important to life at which nearly all of us excel: tenderness toward children and men and the weak and the ability to make a house a home. (Even I, who inherited my interior-decorating skills from my Bronx Irish paternal grandmother, whose idea of upgrading the living-room sofa was to throw a blanket over it, can make a house a home.) Then we could shriek and swoon and gossip and read chick lit to our hearts' content and not mind the fact that way down deep, we are . . . kind of dim.'"
Well, I am glad she admits she isn't that bright, but I am deeply saddened that she thinks it is because she is female.

7 comments:

leighton said...

Hm, how much do you want to bet that "Charlotte" Allen's real first name is Charlie?

ubub said...

Hmm, stereotypes abound in this piece, so it could well be ol George Allen. Macaca, motherfucker, do you speak it?

steves said...

Though I am willing to admit and discuss gender differences, that was a very poorly written piece. The Obsidian Wings column, OTOH, was a great critique.

Sarah said...

I really wish I'd never seen this. In fact, I'm so depressed that I'm going to call in to work and stay home all day reading chick lit.

And can I just point out that plenty of men seem to have man-crushes on Obama?

Streak said...

Sorry, Sarah, and you are absolutely correct that men are responding to Obama very strongly as well.

ninjanun said...

"health care reform!" *pantytoss*

But seriously, what do you call it when you attribute your shortcomings to everyone else around you? And why should we take the word of someone who admits they're not too bright?

Geesh

Streak said...

Yeah, the "author" chatted on WaPo today and essentially repeated all this crap. Plus she said that the people of NOLA were better off after Katrina.

She is a tool. I will try to find the link later.