Is the Washington Post out of its mind?

Charlotte Allen calls for the women of the world to butch it up in this Washington Post op-ed.

Sexism is prevalent in society — not to the detriment of racism, not as its mitigator or its aggravator, but in lockstep with it.  It is unnecessary to fight over which -ism has it worse because both have some pretty horrible consequences in this society.

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.

Do you know why we mind, Allen?

Because female morons like you are allowed to publish tripe in the Washington Post through the hard work and mobilization of intelligent hardworking women fighting to earn the wages they deserve with the bodily and moral integrity of any other person on this earth. And that fight still is not over; but in the advent of your ability to shill for WaPo, you write the most ignorant sexist tropes you can find and do so under the guise of social commentary.

You, Charlotte Allen, show that the most significant way a person can show that her opinion is insignificant, regardless of the platform, is merely to open her mouth and let the bullshit fly.

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~Clare Boothe Luce

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7 Responses to Is the Washington Post out of its mind?

  1. you know what’s funny? All these far right women who go on and on about what what women *should* be doing and how they would take away the vote and we’re all kinda stupid and the home is where the heart is Phylis schlafly bullshit–THEY”RE ALL WORKING!!!! They all have jobs and presumably vote and are about as soft and feminine as goddamn toilet seats!

  2. Sylvia/M says:

    EXACTLY. But they’re the special exceptions that know their places or something, don’tcha know. And since they know those places sooooooo well, they can move beyond them (our special womanly overlords) and think we give a shit about how they did it or what they think other women should do.

  3. Tlönista says:

    Maybe I should forward this to the whip-smart female lawyers I work with when we all need a bit of a laugh. On the other hand, they have to suffer enough fools already.

  4. So her point is basically “I am a dumb-ass, therefore all women are dumb-asses”? This woman has made a lucrative career out of this kind of tripe. Isn’t that terribly unfeminine of her?

    Also, according to her list of supposed feminine and masculine characteristics I am apparently male. Good to know, though in that case I’m not quite sure how these boobs got here.

  5. Sylvia/M says:

    I’m surprised she didn’t start assigning the planets.

  6. isolator86 says:

    Ugh, that article is just plain horrible.

    She’s just playing into the sexual stereotypes (women are overemotional, love soap operas, and gossip; men are aggressive and fear other aggressive men) and sexism too.

    It’s the way society has been set up for a long time, really – that men are smarter than women. What really irks me is her evidence to support her claim that men are smarter than women neurologically. I’d like to see whatever study this was and see for myself – there’s certain things to take into account such as human error, the amount of trials conducted, and the population used. If it’s just a purely white population, then those studies are only taking into account one race, and there’s the possibility different genes that can lead to neurological effects are present in one race and not in another (or are more prevalent in one and not the other).

    Either way, I’m calling BS on this – the main difference between males and females are the sex chromosomes (females are XX, males are XY), so all the other 45 pairs of chromosomes have the same information (but can have different combinations of choices for the genes, called alleles). I highly doubt that enough information is encoded on the Y chromosome that automatically makes men smarter than women.

    Finally, it looks like she’s looking at things from a sociological point of view, with the behaviors she sees evident in women. I’m no sociologist, but there’s this thing called nature vs. nuture that is brought up a lot in biological courses. Nature deals with what genes the person has, and what physical characteristics and mental characteristics those can code for (like eye color, hair color, skin tone, Down’s Syndrome, other non-sex and sex related diseases), while nurture entails what environment the individual grows up in (including such factors like schooling, nutrition, visual and audio stimuli – like music, TV, movies, watching family members or friends interactions – and general social interactions). Nurture can have a very powerful effect on the personality of a characteristic, and that’s definitely something important to take into account.

    Maybe these kind of women the writer is talking about are those that come out of the kind of environments that makes them that way (whatever those may be). Just a thought.

  7. joankelly6000 says:

    I love the quote you put at the end by Clare Booth Luce.

    And look, I am fine with someone wanting to pronounce her own dimness (apparently so is the WaPo, exhibit A: this article), but really could a person get my OK before volunteering me for things like helping the weak? I happen to have a thing for the strong, if it’s all the same to the rest of you gossipy ladies. The weak can suck it.

    Let the appropriate shrieking and swooning begin!!!!


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