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November 21, 2005

Quote of the Day: Anti-Dowdification

Jessica Valenti, Executive Editor of feministing.com, reacting to Maureen Dowd's embarrassing latest opus, Are Men Necessary?

. . . Dowd’s assumption that young women or women in the service industry are somehow NOT smart and are more likely to “service” men in their personal life is just disgusting.

And I’m sorry, but the last time I checked, feminism wasn’t a fucking dating service! If some asshole doesn’t want to date you because you’re smart and successful, is it the fault of feminism or the asshole?

I don’t really buy into these studies, and Dowd’s questionable examples from the notoriously vapid movie industry don’t lend her argument any more credence. Let’s give men some credit; I feel like most couples I know are of equal intelligence. No?

Hat tip to Katha Pollitt via Real Clear Politics. (And, in case you were wondering, Jessica Valenti appears to be smart, good looking, accomplished and, evidently, able to get a date.)

November 21, 2005 at 12:07 AM | Permalink


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