Elizabeth Wurtzel is a lawyer, and the author of Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America and More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction. She also is extremely misinformed in her latest article on the Atlantic. Wurtzel wrote a piece called, “1% Wives Are Helping Kill Feminism and Make the War on Women Possible,” and in it she says, “Being a mother isn’t a real job — and the men who run the world know it.” I am so angered by this article that I am going to break it down line by destructive line.
Line one: I am going to smack the next idiot who tells me that raising her children full time — by which she really means going to Jivamukti classes and pedicure appointments while the nanny babysits — is her feminist choice. Who can possibly take feminism seriously when it allows everything, as long as women choose it? The whole point to begin with was that women were losing their minds pushing mops and strollers all day without a room or a salary of their own.
Let’s please be serious grown-ups: real feminists don’t depend on men. Real feminists earn a living, have money and means of their own.
My Response: Okay, violence is always an excellent first response. “I’m going to smack the next idiot.” Wow…just wow. I want to grab Wurtzel and shake her and tell her that someone who has a nanny is not a stay at home mom – she is a kept wife. Now is being a kept wife feminist? No. Is being a stay at home mom who spends her entire day looking after her children? Yes. Are they two completely different things? YES! Really? Is she being serious with this article? This is on the Atlantic, and not the Onion, right? Ugh. Moving on.
“Real feminists don’t depend on men have money and means of their own.”
I am a real feminist and I depend on my male roommate to come up with his half of the rent because I have no money because I’m a 26 year old writer.
You know what? I can’t even continue breaking down the article because the more I reread it, the more I want to type in all caps and scream at my screen that Wurtzel is an idiot. She’s an idiot. That’s it and that’s all. Her article is nothing more than Wurtzel standing on her soapbox telling the women of the world that she makes the best decisions and they don’t. Excuse me Miss Lawyer Lady, but I object! I’ve read Prozac Nation, I went to college, I have severe depression, and I …
After an outcry from scores of angry women (my technology-challenged mother being one of them … she actually made me walk her through the steps of how to sign an online petition because she felt so strongly about it), the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation has done a 180 on its plan to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, and all is right with the world, right?
Not so fast …
Approximately $600,000 of the foundation’s money has been used each year to pray for breast cancer screening. You don’t need me to tell you that screening leads to early detection, which leads to early treatment, which leads to a ridiculously high percentage of successful cures (if breast cancer is caught early enough, we are in fact talking cure, not remission).
What kind of highly public foundation makes a big thing about being “for the cure” (puts it into its very name, in fact) and then intentionally pulls money from the very demographic of women that need it most considering that they’re the least likely to get regular medical attention?
That’s got to be among the most asinine things I’ve ever heard.
Lara Logan, a news correspondent for CBS, was beaten savagely and sexually assaulted while covering the recent chaos in Egypt. Basically, Logan was separated from her camera crew and security staff in the near-mob conditions at Tahrir Square following the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and was brutalized in plain sight among rioters before being assisted by Egyptian soldiers and a group of women.
Wow. This is a terrible, terrible story on hundreds of different levels.
Perhaps the most disturbing repercussion, though, involves the petty, mean-spirited, and completely inappropriate internet battles that are turning both a nation’s upheaval and a woman’s private pain into immature, insensitive interwebs spats.
From AOL News, which recently highlighted three of these disturbing pissing contests:
1. NPR readers versus NPR readers
Reader discussion became so brutal on NPR that the Two-Way …
A few days ago, I was going through the piles and piles of books I own, trying to decide which ones to get rid of. Of course, the lady-books stay, but occasionally I’d come across one I just wasn’t quite sure about. Though I let go of a lot of fallen soldiers, much of my mental controversy seemed to be centered around one book in particular, Caitlin Flanagan’s To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife. This incident is only important in that it mirrors the recent hubbub over Flanagan’s latest incendiary piece about the Duke “Fuck List,” which both Sophia and I wrote about. Why does a woman …