By Brigitte L. Nacos
I had promised myself that I wouldn’t write one more word about gender bias in the media—particularly not as it relates to the current race among the remaining contenders for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. But that was before I read the article by Charlotte Allen in this weekend’s Outlook section of the Washington Post that celebrates the superiority of males and the inferiority of females. At first I thought that this nonsense presented under the headline “We scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?” was a rejected proposal for a sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” But since none of the writers of rejected TV-material can be as dumb as the author of this piece, it became clear that this was not meant to be a laughing matter.
It may not be prudent to recommend that you read the whole article because the more hits it registers the more it may tempt the Post to publish more of the same stuff. Here are but a few excerpts from the piece:
“Depressing as it is, several of the supposed misogynist
myths about female inferiority have been proven true.”
“The theory that women are the dumber sex -- or at least the sex that gets into more car accidents -- is amply supported by neurological and standardized-testing evidence. 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).”
“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.”
Charlotte Allen’s wisdom on gender differences also serves a
partisan purpose in that, in her view, women—the stupid sex--fall for Senator
Obama. As for Senator Clinton, “By all measures, she has run one of the worst
-- and, yes, stupidest -- presidential races in recent history, marred by every
stereotypical flaw of the female sex.”
The question here is not how a seemingly educated woman can
come up with such idiocy in the 21st century. Obviously, there are
always some particularly dumb outliers.
The real question is, then, why the editors of the Washington Post decided to publish such piece of rubbish and promote it prominently on their web site.