Sunday, August 14, 2011

Feminism detected in the Grey Lady

Occasionally I open a newspaper and am not instantly punched in the face. On my latest long-haul flight I read a review of the book "All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion" by Lisa Appignanesi in the International Herald Tribune (the global edition of the New York Times, the American bourgeoisie's house organ and purveyor of genteel sexism.) Imagine my astonishment at reading such simple, shining truths "until women entered the field [of studying sexual attraction] and started asking different questions, the experiments tended to produce stunning affirmations of Western patriarchal stereotypes. "

Contemplate also the sparkling passage:

..Appignanesi, who has written extensively on the history of psychoanalysis, turns her back on the ever-­growing scientific literature on love, largely out of disgust with the way sociobiological theories get used to defend a conservative social order: “I’ll believe in evolutionary psychology more, perhaps, when it’s used less as an explanation for male philandering and female nesting,” she writes.

This from a newspaper that files all woman-related stories, including one about lesbian separatism, in the Fashion & Style section? Knock me over with a feather.

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