- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Professionally angry

“I have long thought that if high-school boys had invited homely girls to the prom we might have been spared the feminist movement. We live with the destructive feminist agenda because the fathers or husbands of so many of them, including Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, and Jane Fonda, never failed to fail them. The views of these angry, abandoned women inform the modern women’s movement. …

“What feminists couldn’t impose by constitutional amendment (thanks to Phyllis Schlafly) they have imposed through the schools, college faculties, and the culture, by judicial fiat and advocacy dressed up as legislation. Don’t be fooled by their militant insistence that women’s equality has been thwarted. These women are chronically dissatisfied and qualified for only one job: professional feminist. …

“The modern feminist movement has never enjoyed the allegiance of a majority of American women. … The rest of us are too stupid to recognize our oppression.”

Kate O’Beirne, author of “Women Who Make the World Worse,” interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez Dec. 29 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Unbiased death

“In the wee hours of the morning of Jan. 17, another man will be put to death by lethal injection in the state of California. This comes exactly 36 days after the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. But where are the protesters?

“With just a few days to go before the scheduled execution of a 76-year-old blind and deaf man who uses a wheelchair, there has been no public outcry of support for clemency for Clarence Ray Allen, who is white. There have been no planned protests and celebrity read-ins in support of saving an old man’s life. Community activists and civil rights leaders aren’t organizing statewide tours to bring attention to Allen’s execution. …

“Many of the black leaders who supported clemency for Williams vehemently denied they were racists when challenged by a pair of conservative radio DJs in Los Angeles who sponsored the repulsive ‘Kill Tookie Hour.’ Accusing the black leadership of getting involved in the fight to save Williams only because he was black, the shock jocks noted that these same activists were going to be nowhere to be found when the next execution of a nonblack person came up.”

Jasmyne A. Cannick, writing on “For a white man’s execution, where are black protesters?” Jan. 8 in the San Francisco Chronicle

Oscar outsider

“What’s most striking about the reaction to the Academy’s choice of [Jon] Stewart as host is how intense, and how immediately political, it’s become. It’s hard to imagine such a sustained and feverish discussion of most other likely choices for the gig: Whoopi Goldberg? Ellen DeGeneres? Jay Leno? But apparently, to be a red-blooded American, you must have a strong opinion on Jon Stewart as Oscar host 2005. …

“While I think Stewart is … one of the smartest comedians currently working, for some of those very reasons, he may be temperamentally ill-suited to this gig. As a comic and a pundit, Stewart is inherently unsentimental, and the essence of the Academy Awards — its blessing and its curse — is its unironic embrace of show-business sentimentality. … Though it’s de rigueur by now for Oscar hosts to poke fun at the self-seriousness of the bloated telecast, they do so from the inside, and Stewart may be too wry an outside observer to hit the right tone.”

Dana Stevens, writing on “Jon Stewart, Oscar Host,” Jan. 6 in Slate at www.slate.com

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