Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Gender Parity

Let me third this proposal (after Matt Yglesias seconded it and Katha Pollit firsted it) and add that Dahlia Lithwick would probably be head and shoulders above any of the Times' current columnists.

UPDATE: David Adesnik provides a medium-sized answer to a dumb question:
SHE DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH, METHINKS:

The eminent Ms. Dowd writes that:
I'm often asked how I can be so "mean" - a question that Tom Friedman, who writes plenty of tough columns, doesn't get.
Let me take a stab at that one: Is it because Tom Friedman writes columns are substantive and coherent (if sometimes a little kooky)?

Moving on, Ms. Dowd is also unhappy with the Freudian connotations attached to her columns:
Even the metaphors used to describe my column play into the castration theme: my scalpel, my cutting barbs, razor-sharp hatchet, Clinton-skewering and Bush-whacking.
I think I'm going to have to send MoDo a dollar so she can buy herself a clue. I mean, just consider the first sentence of this selfsame column in which she complains about being subjected to sexist cliches:
When I need to work up my nerve to write a tough column, I try to think of myself as Emma Peel in a black leather catsuit, giving a kung fu kick to any diabolical mastermind who merits it.
You see, Maureen, Tom and Bill and all those other men you work with have kindly spared us the image of themselves in fetish gear. The problem here isn't sexism. It's you.

1 Comments:

At 1:23 AM, Blogger jeremy said...

as much as i find dowd often intolerably silly, and she's proven she's just another times' reactionary with her little 4 page run-down of nachos in cancun or whereever, i think there is sexism in play, even with attacks against her. yes, she often opens herself up to it with her awful attempts at sex-in-the-city-esque gender cheerleading, but she is there to be humorous to some degree. that's her schtick, a miserably reactionary one, but a schtick nonetheless. also, the problem with the oxblog argument is that tom friedman is NOT usually coherent or substantive. he deploys nearly as many mythemes as nic kristoff and neither of those false-consciousness-drenched lames should be considered real columnists.

 

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