Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Rebutting Steinem

Interesting, pissed-off article in Slate rebutting Gloria Steinem's Hillary op-ed:

"Gender," writes Gloria Steinem on the op-ed page of the Jan. 8 New York Times, "is probably the most restricting force in American life." That is incorrect. Poverty is the most restricting force in American life. It's become somewhat unfashionable to point this out, but I don't see how it could be otherwise. Given the choice between being born poor and being born female, which would you choose?

Point taken (but of course that doesn't mean sexism doesn't exist.)

(via Bookforum)


Silvs said...

did you read the one i linked to on my blog? i think its fantastic.

el super said...

so in conclusion THIS WHOLE THING IS RIDICULOUS AND WE SHOULD NOT BE HAVING TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS LIKE THIS IN FUCKING 2008 BECAUSE WHO GIVES A FUCKING SHIT IF SHE'S A WOMAN AND WHO EVER SAID SHOWING EMOTION WAS BAD and i hate everyone because this is the exact fucking old boys club that you deal with in university systems and AJKFJFIJFIEJFKEJFKJI$#kj$#kj

I'd rather someone just come out and be like "i'm not voting for her cuz she's a woman" instead of all this silly beating around teh bush, coming up with stupid reasons that are based on nothing substantial.

Anonymous said...

How about the FACT that poverty is gender-specific - more women live in poverty than do men...Caryl