In the New York Times yesterday, Maureen Dowd bemoaned how difficult it is to be a woman with opinions–or whatever she calls the half-cooked rhetorical omelette she dumps onto the Times op-ed platter every week:
In 1996, after six months on the job, I went to Howell Raines, the editorial page editor, to try to get out of the column. I was a bundle of frayed nerves. I felt as though I were in a “Godfather” movie, shooting and getting shot at. Men enjoy verbal dueling. As a woman, I told Howell, I wanted to be liked – not attacked. He said I could go back to The Metro Section; I decided to give it another try.
Oh, Our Lady of Perpetual Harp, women around the world are ever-so-grateful for your selfless courage. What would we shrinking violets in sisterhood have done without your personal journalistic sacrifice?
Saint Dowd naturally ignores her own misogynistic role in slapping down women who express their opinions. Remember when she lashed out at First Lady Laura Bush, whom she labeled a “Republican attack dog,” for simply warning about the limitations of stem cell research?
From her high perch at the Times, Dowd calls on her liberal colleagues to “find and nurture” female commentators. We know, of course, that these tough women thinkers and writers on the right don’t count in Dowd’s eyes. Nor do the many conservative female columnists at Townhall.com or Jewish World Review.
Conservative women aren’t real women according to the liberal feminist establishment’s definition. Remember when Gloria Steinem called Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison a “female impersonator?” Or when curdled NOW leader Patricia Ireland instructed Democrats to vote only for “authentic” female political candidates? Or when Al Gore’s fashion consultant Naomi Wolf described the foreign-policy analysis of Jeane Kirkpatrick as being “uninflected by the experiences of the female body?”
So, you can see why I normally greet these MSM harangues about the lack of gender diversity with a hearty, male-sounding snort. In this case, though, I’m going to take up the invitation to spotlight many, many women writers in the blogosphere who are far better investments of your time and attention than the self-appointed representatives of gender diversity in your newspapers. I don’t read them because of their reproductive organs. I read them because they are sharp. Funny. Incisive. Informative. And because, unlike the Times‘ resident harridan, these women know what the hell they are writing about–from politics and culture to law to terrorism to military affairs.
Conservatives: Politics/culture/general commentary
Alarming News, Karol Sheinen
The Anchoress (who brings down MoDo here)
Banana Republican, Rachel Jurado
C-log at Townhall.com (several female contributors, see here)
The Corner (NRO editor Kathryn Lopez, Barbara Comstock, among other women contributors)
Kelly Jane Torrance
La Shawn Barber (see her new post on “White Males and the Blogosphere“)
Little Miss Attila
Lorie Byrd, contributor at Polipundit
Meryl Yourish (update: she says she’s not a conservative. “I’m a scrapper, period.” Noted.)
Reportette Yvette Stafford
VDARE blog (Bryanna Bevens, Brenda Walker)
More conservatives/libertarians/milbloggers (just haven’t gotten around to adding to my blogroll yet):
Cassandra at Villanous Company
Jane Galt at Assymetrical Information
Marine Corps Moms
Mind of Mog
For fair and balanced representation…
Center and left: Politics/law/general commentary
TalkLeft, founded by Jeralyn Merritt
World O’Crap (this woman’s daily roasting of conservative writers, self included, makes Mo’ Dowd look like the cheap Bic lighter she is)
Contributor Robin Burk at Winds of Change
And here’s at least one other bipartisan compilation of women political bloggers.
Well, hope that’s enough estrogen for you. Now: Who needs Maureen Dowd?
Culture Cat’s link portal on gender in the blogosphere (the complete mind-numbing history of male/female blogger disparity debates)
Here’s a testosterone injection of opinion on the gender blog wars…
Related stuff update (1210am 3/15): Ya gotta read this BWM (blogging white male) rejoinder from Jeff Jarvis. Five stars.
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