Sunday, June 18, 2006

(a tiny query)

Why is the Post giving so much space to Linda Hirshman to write an "oh, woe is me, why does everyone hate me" piece about the responses (mostly found within the blogosphere) to an article she wrote for another periodical?


Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

Did I not say, six months ago, that she was gleefully compiling her Technorati searches for her eventual book-publicity juggernaut?

My favorite part was when she described her article as one of the most talked-about pieces of recent years. Oh, and when she compares herself to Socrates. That was good, too.

There's nothing like the courage it takes to fight the brave fight against stay-at-home moms and other female underachievers. Where is her Profile in Courage award?

12:24 PM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

I was so disappointed when I unfolded the Outlook section, because from the headline ("Everybody Hates Linda"), I thought they were going to take her apart and show her intellectual dishonesty (thanks Mrs. Coulter for the phrasing - I left a huge comment on her site, so I won't do it here).

APL, you saw you were cited in the sidebar to the article, right? Good quote. (And J. asked, about my whoop of excitement, "What, Mama?") and I said "My friend APL is in the newspaper, the one [APL, not newspaper] we're going to see the Muppets with. But she's not really Angry." "And her husband's not angry either, right?" [I had told him all the noms de blog])

My favorite part was when she offhandedly slammed Miriam Peskowitz (without naming her) of Playground Revolution as being all about roofing and barfing. She couldn't name her, of course, because if she did, people would go there and find out her site is all about SAHMs and WOHMs _not_ warring, and looking for feasible solutions to work-family dilemmas.

11:00 PM, June 18, 2006  
Anonymous novanglus (Genevieve's husband) said...

Two thoughts here, after vowing months ago not to give Hirschman the satisfaction of occupying a synapse of my brain:

- She needs to study some more economics before she proclaims her knowledge of it. The duty of a consumer/laborer in the free-market is to maximize UTILITY, not dollars. Each person defines utility in a different way, and just because her definition of utility is to maximize income and not family time, doesn't mean all women feel that way.

- Too many women like Hirschman have gone so overboard in wrapping their self-worth in their decision of how to raise their children that they have to defend their decision as the one everyone else should make. This is wrong whether it's done by SAHM/SAHD advocates like Dr. Laura, homeschooling advocates, or working moms. The fact is, every family is unique, every mother has different talents, every child has different needs, and every neighborhood has different options for child care (some excellent and some best avoided). Everyone needs to make the right choice for their children, and even when the answers are different they can still be right.

11:18 PM, June 18, 2006  
Blogger kenju said...

Thanks for the visit, APL. I cannot believe your reunion was $100 per person and they also had a cash bar! I though ours was bad enough at $30 per, since the only food was meager and barely edible. I would have crashed too, if I were you.

5:20 PM, June 20, 2006  
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