Well, the Washington Post has outdone itself for stupidity today. In not one, but two op-ed pieces, stupid women have penned stupid articles about how stupid women are. As the husband of a highly intelligent wife and the parent of three highly intelligent daughters, I was, frankly, disgusted.
The first article, by Charlotte Allen, starts off griping about women “swooning” at Obama rallies. Never mind that, to get such a front-row position, one must stand in line for hours. Never mind that the Secret Service often forbids bringing liquids. So people faint. What a surprise.
She follows up this nonsense with this beauty:
Depressing as it is, several of the supposed misogynist myths about female inferiority have been proven true. Women really are worse drivers than men, for example. A study published in 1998 by the Johns Hopkins schools of medicine and public health revealed that women clocked 5.7 auto accidents per million miles driven, in contrast to men’s 5.1, even though men drive about 74 percent more miles a year than women.
So men have 74% more practice driving. How surprising that one gets better from practice.
She concludes with this gem:
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…. 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.
I think I’m gonna be sick. Is this what I should teach my girls, “Well, girls are kind of dim, so just be a good little housewife”?
But wait, there’s more. In a companion article, Linda Hirshman laments
Black voters of all socioeconomic classes are voting for the black candidate. Men are voting for the male candidate regardless of race or class. But even though this is also a year with the first major female presidential candidate, women are split every way they can be. They’re the only voting bloc not voting their bloc.
[The] women’s vote has fragmented. The only conclusion: American women still aren’t strategic enough to form a meaningful political movement directed at taking power. Will they ever be?
So she’s complaining that women vote policies, not genitals. What shall we do if Obama wins the nomination, have him and McCain “whip it out” onstage, so Hirshman can vote for the bigger candidate?