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Sunday, March 13, 2005

Damn she's good II: Dish it out ladies

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usMaureen Dowd continues to impress. The column is about her position as a lone female in a sea of male columnists, but extrapolate with me ladies:
When I need to work up my nerve to write a tough column, I try to think of myself as Emma Peel in a black leather catsuit, giving a kung fu kick to any diabolical mastermind who merits it. I try not to visualize myself as one of the witches in "Macbeth," sitting off to the side over a double, double toil and trouble, bubbling cauldron, muttering about what is fair or foul in the hurly burly of the royal court.
Guys don't appreciate being lectured by a woman. It taps into myths of carping Harpies and hounding Furies, and distaste for nagging by wives and mothers. The word "harridan" derives from the French word "haridelle" - a worn-out horse or nag.
Men take professional criticism more personally when it comes from a woman. (...) While a man writing a column taking on the powerful may be seen as authoritative, a woman doing the same thing may be seen as castrating. If a man writes a scathing piece about men in power, it's seen as his job; a woman can be cast as an emasculating man-hater. (...) Alan Dundes (on castration jokes, said). "Women are supposed to take it, not dish it out. If a woman embarrasses a man, he feels inadequate, effeminate. He wants her to go back to the kitchen."

If the kitchen's where you want to be, then be there, but if you don't, speak up.


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