Thursday, November 03, 2005
"Some men are intimidated by accomplished and successful women"
A lot of people have been asking us to comment on Maureen Dowd's recent NYTimes article. "What's a Modern Girl to Do?" is a look at "the state of feminism." The data Dowd uses: dating norms, fashion, other girly stuff. Oh, and Louise Story's article.
First off: I agree with Dowd that many women have taken for granted the gains of feminism, and have stopped challenging the persisting social norms that are harmful to them. She is right that we are all complicit in these harmful norms. But in her urge for awareness, Dowd draws on an extremely limited range of experience and ignores some important critiques of feminism itself. Her analysis suffers, as does Story's article, from a complete lack of awareness of the diversity of "women" (and men!) and of the broader implications of gender discrimination.
This great post at feministing points out the narrowness of Dowd's argument and its ultimate superficiality.
Loren Krywanczyk's YDN editorial yesterday draws together these issues beautifully as well, arguing that "no style of feminism that remains stagnant could suffice to carry a unified movement." We can't forget that changing things involves a look at how we want to change them, and not just at what's wrong.
What does everyone else think?
Posted by Maggie at Thursday, November 03, 2005