- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ado about nothing

“There is something not just boring but grotesque in Western feminists’ inability to prioritize. They seem implicitly to have accepted a two-tier sisterhood, in which white, upscale, liberal women twitter about [National Review] columnists’ appalling misogyny in criticizing a female Bush administration official, while simultaneously the women of the fastest-growing population group in the Western world are forced into clitoridectomies, forced into burqas, forced into marriage, forced into psychiatric wards, forced into hiding — and, if all else fails, forced off the apartment balcony by their brothers and fathers to fall to their deaths, as has happened to at least seven Muslim girls in Sweden recently.

“This is the real ‘war against women’ being waged across the Western world, but like so much of the Left, a pampered and privileged sisterhood would rather fight pseudo-battles over long-vanquished enemies.”

Mark Steyn, writing on “Hypocrite Sister,” in the March 10 National Review

Married to job?

“Single and childless woman in your 30s, listen up. While tending to your 12 cats, freezing your eggs, desperately scanning Match.com profiles and polishing off that pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby, you’re also, according to a new report, doing more unpaid work than your wedded stroller-pushing rivals!

“This hysteria was sparked by a report released Friday by Britain’s Trades Union Congress finding that single, childless women in their 30s are more likely than mothers, fathers and childless men to do unpaid overtime work. Among childless women, 24.2 percent work unpaid overtime, averaging 7.4 hours a week; 17 percent of mothers put in unpaid overtime, averaging 5.7 hours. Interestingly enough, men who do put in unpaid hours clock the most overtime on average; fathers put in an average of 8.3 hours, compared with 7.4 hours for single men.

“Kat Banyard of the Fawcett Society, a women’s rights organization, points out that these statistics represent that familiar child-or-career choice facing women. She hits the nail right on the head: ‘They are forced to choose between caring for a family at home or maximizing their career opportunities in a workplace that measures performance by the number of hours put in.’ ”

Tracy Clark-Flory, writing Feb. 22 at Salon.com

Bye-bye, Hollywood

“So Sunday’s Oscar broadcast was, underwhelmingly, a television ratings bomb. …

“While ‘No Country for Old Men’ … earned a respectable amount of money worldwide, ‘The Passion of the Christ’ grossed approximately three times as much and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ brought in even more. Of course, this comparison isn’t quite fair, seeing as ‘Christ’ and ‘Narnia’ have both had the opportunity to cash in on the lucrative DVD market. But their box office popularity was evident at the time — as, unfortunately for their Oscar chances, was their popularity with Christians and other family-oriented movie-goers. …

“Could it be possible that rank-and-file Americans are tired of extravagantly paid, over-coddled adults who act like spoiled children at the candy shop (and whose dirty laundry could fill up the hampers of the world and then some) telling us how we should be living our lives? Could it be that these self-anointed cultural elites have worn out their welcome? …

“The values portrayed by Hollywood and those espoused by the general public couldn’t be more different. But the lesson, I fear, has not been learned … and won’t be for a long time to come. Thank goodness for DVDs, YouTube and reruns of television classics. And, of course, our old friends — books.”

Pamela Meister, writing on “Don’t Expect Hollywood to Learn from Academy Awards Broadcast Bomb,” Tuesday at AmericanThinker.com.

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