Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Soooo, true (What Katha says)

From KATHA POLLITT: Another fiesta of handwringing and blaming the dearth of women columnists on women's lack of moxie. I can't stand it! Women now make up half of all med students (Blood! Gore! every day you could kill someone with a tiny mistake!), half of all law students (arguments! crazy clients! people being really mean to you all day long!). Women are increasing their numbers in virtually every male-dominated profession from engineering to politics -- except opinion journalism. For this, and this only, women are just too shy and nice. I don't believe it. The truth is, women are still perceived as a special interest on the op-ed page -- one is enough, just the way one person of color is enough. Women don't get equal mentoring, the same chances to prove themselves, are shifted over toward editing and toward writing for style and culture sections, writing "from home" and writing those b-s stories about how feminism is dead and women just want to hang out at Starbucks with the other moms. Even so, there are plenty of women RIGHT NOW who could take on a column and do brilliantly. Where are the job offers for them? It's not like every man with a column is a pundit of genius, either.
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Normally I don't like to get into the whole duality thing, but I just have to say; "We have been listening to men mouth off for a very long time and we have certainly suffered the world that male power has created.
I, for one, do not care much for the world I see these days. Perhaps we would all be doing ourselves a favor if we listened to a few more women and elected a lot more.


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