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The title of the article is "We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?". Ladies, the Washington Post thinks you're a bunch of idiots.

It's theoretically tongue-in-cheek, but... well, you can read it.

Update: I missed this earlier, apparently WaPo changed the title from calling women stupid, to just saying they act stupidly. Much better!


Date: 2008-03-03 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
I see the tongue, but I don't really see the "in cheek" part. She really does seem to be offended by the way women are behaving on the campaign trail with Obama.

Fine. Great. I get that it's a little silly.

But has she ever seen a group of men fall over themselves when a pretty woman walks by?

We're no different in that sense except a) there are no attractive women in politics - the ones that are, generally flee very quickly (Belinda Stronach is a good Canadian example) and b) women are as much attracted to power as looks, therefore, Obama is a powerful cocktail, if you'll pardon the expression.

Trudeaumania (reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trudeaumania) would be a similar example from Canadian politics. It's not even the first time in American politics that this has happened (Gary Hart?).

I really don't think you can say one gender is better than the other, and what's worse, I think the author is offended *because* she thinks we ought to be better than men.

And that, my friend, is a rootugly bit of sexism.

Date: 2008-03-03 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zvuv.livejournal.com
very eloquently put. :)
i agree...

she's embarrassed by women squealing? has she ever been to a football game???

Date: 2008-03-03 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
Lol - another very fine point. This is just another example of why we women are our own worst enemies. We're so very ready to mock each other.

Date: 2008-03-03 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilhlfpint.livejournal.com
(This is just another example of why we women are our own worst enemies. We're so very ready to mock each other. bingo.


i don't see the backstabbing with the men that i see with the women here at work. can't they see what they are doing?)

Date: 2008-03-03 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
No. I don't think that most of them can. Which is why I often get upset when I hear women howling about the patriarchy, because I think that's the *least* of our problems as a gender.

Date: 2008-03-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilhlfpint.livejournal.com
(yeah. it drives me crazy. and i feel like the ones who act stupid and gossip and backstab are the very same people who will bitch about the 'double standard'. umm, hello.)

Date: 2008-03-03 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ntang.livejournal.com
I like what Matt Yglesias had to say about it:

"... Men's and women's brains not only look different, but men's brains are bigger than women's (even adjusting for men's generally bigger body size)."

Presumably if we left Allen out of the sample, things might look different.

From here:

Date: 2008-03-03 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
No shit, hey? Boy howdy this women is a pinhead. She's ruining our statistics as a gender.

Date: 2008-03-04 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabow.livejournal.com
The Jezebel breakdown at least makes reading the piece easier even for non-members of the fairer sex.

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