Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A very powerful and provocative offering from Bob Herbert: Politics and Misogyny

I have long been a fan of Bob Herbert, but who knew he was a radical feminist? See his column in today's New York Times. I am pleased to see this appearing in a mainstream forum-- and among the most emailed stories of the day.

Herbert writes provocatively that misogyny is our true national pastime. Here is an equally provocative excerpt:
We’ve become so used to the disrespectful, degrading, contemptuous and even violent treatment of women that we hardly notice it. Staggering amounts of violence are unleashed against women and girls every day. Fashionable ads in mainstream publications play off of that violence, exploiting themes of death and dismemberment, female submissiveness and child pornography.

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