- The Washington Times - Monday, January 17, 2000

Of men and women

"Sexual attraction is all about confidence, and … women like men who really love them. I don't think I've ever been with a woman I didn't love when I was with her… .
"Because of my public frustrations with feminism, people say, 'You don't like women, do you?' They're so completely wrong. I don't like what some women have become, how some women have been led down the garden path of virulent, arch-feminist male-bashing. I like real women. By that I don't mean someone who just stays home and is a stand-by-your-man type, though I think it would be nice if some of them tried that once in a while. I mean someone who's comfortable being a woman rather than someone who is uncomfortable because she wants to be a man… .
"Envy is the great cancer of the human race. Men envy the fact that women are the creators of life. Women envy men because of the power they have… .
"Feminists want you to carry their [expletive] purses and be a wimp. I'll hold the door for you, but carry you own [expletive] purse."
Actor James Woods, interviewed by Stephen Rebello, in the February issue of Movieline.

'Deweyan utopia'

"Idealism sweet as ether boils off the pages of … Jay Rosen's history of and argument for 'public journalism,' 'What Are Journalists For?' …
"Public journalism as propounded by Rosen is so broad and vague, so infused with good intentions and cracked premises, that it melts at first touch.
"Something horrible has happened to public life, Rosen believes… . Rosen finds journalists culpable for the nation's cynical politics, our public alienation, our adversarial culture, as well as the violence perpetrated by terrorist bombers like Timothy McVeigh. Our crime? We reporters and editors have failed to promote and enhance 'democracy' as imagined by philosopher John Dewey in the 1920s.
"I'm not kidding. 'What Are Journalists For?' is a Deweyan call to arms to rebuild democracy! … Instead of hiding behind objective reporting, journalists should foster 'conversation' and 'dialogue' in the community to empower citizens in the democratic process… .
"Like the '80s activists who used the phrase 'economic democracy' as their euphemism for socialism, Rosen cribs the word 'democracy' to serve as a vague stand-in for the Deweyan utopia he wants to build… .
"Journalism ain't broke, and Rosen isn't the man to fix it even if it is."
Jack Shafer, writing in "The Book Club," Jan. 3-5 in the on-line journal Slate (www.slate.com)

Discreet power

"Women have long sought power through marriage. Hillary Clinton, however, has always wanted the benefits of the traditional arrangement but has refused to shoulder its obligations. Probably the most important of those obligations was the old rule that if a woman gains power through her husband, she must wield that power discreetly. This is especially urgent in a democracy. If wifely power is going to be squared with democratic power, the wife must uphold the fiction that she is merely the supportive consort to her husband.
"Feminists may snort (and do snort) at this notion as demeaning… .
"But this view myopically overlooks the enormous power a traditional first lady wields. The most influential first ladies of the past were not the rebels like Mrs. Clinton's heroine, Eleanor Roosevelt, who couldn't even get her husband on the phone at times. They were women who had good, strong marriages and for that reason had their husbands' ear in private."
Danielle Crittenden, writing on "Hillary: wronged wife or just plain wrong?" in Thursday's New York Post

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