…because there are a number of recent stories (or “stories”) that deserve a serious barrage of “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me” letters-to-the-editor. You can write one, or two, or three! We’re feminists, we support your right to choose at whom you direct your righteous, flaming ire.
First up, in the UK’s Sun*: Repeat offender Satoshi Kanazawa, a LSE evo-psych shitweasel whose bloated corpus of wrong-headed, unsubstantiated, “scientific” claims about the natural, unavoidable, dudely obsession with impregnating as many underage, blonde, cartoon-shaped domesti-bots as possible has been skimmed and reprinted with little ado. A taste from his poo-poo platter:
MEN SEXUALLY HARASS WOMEN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT SEXIST: Dr Kanazawa says men have always subjected one another to abusive and degrading treatment in work, in the battle to get ahead.
It is part of their reaction to competitive situations. Men are not treating women differently if they harass them, in fact they are not discriminating.
For the study, the researchers examined the mobile phone records of 48 women in their reproductive years.
They noted the date and duration of all calls with their fathers and separately, their mothers over the course of one billing period.
They then identified the span of days comprising each woman’s high and low fertility days within that billing period.
Martie Haselton, a UCLA associate professor, said: ‘Women call their dads less frequently on these high-fertility days and they hang up with them sooner if their dads initiate a call.’
And third, from the NYTimes’ “Female Factor” series: another feature on the boner-killing properties of women’s success in the workforce. A series of anecdotes and winking comments for those of you/us who haven’t yet caught a man warns us that we shouldn’t be too proud of our accomplishments, but reassures us that all is not lost, using a storyline from Sex & the City as proof. Of course! that is exactly what life is like for every woman in her 20s and 30s. Grab a barf-bag, you high-fliers, you’re gonna need it:
“It is amazing how even many liberal-minded men end up having sexual and emotional difficulties being with more obviously successful women,” said Sasha Havlicek, the 35-year-old chief executive of a London research group. A high-flying friend of hers resorted to ritually feigning helplessness with her partner to promote his sense of masculinity. “The male ego can be a more fragile thing than the female ego, which is used to a regular battering and has hence developed a sense of humor!”
Wasn’t Backlash published in 1991, about the 1980s? What the fuck is going on here?
*Thanks (well, sorta…) to reader Endora for the tip!