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2005-03-07 Home Front: Culture Wars
Dowd: Taming of the Shrews
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Posted by Fred 2005-03-07 00:00:00 AM|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [873 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 I nominate this column as MoDo's worst. I know, I know, it's so hard to choose, but the self-loathing in this one makes me want to find her sometime on Fifth Avenue, walk up, point at her, and just start laughing. She wouldn't feel any worse.
Posted by Steve White  2005-03-07 12:09:19 AM||   2005-03-07 12:09:19 AM|| Front Page Top

#2 women being degraded has an entertainment value far greater than men being degraded. She musn't have watched an American sitcom in a very long time.
Posted by phil_b 2005-03-07 12:14:01 AM||   2005-03-07 12:14:01 AM|| Front Page Top

#3 Without your pithy comments I would never have made it to the end of the article...and for that she gets paid? This passes for what, exactly? Journalism? Opine? Could you imagine being stuck alone somewhere with her? Quick, pass the bottle!
Posted by Mike Villierme 2005-03-07 12:31:36 AM||   2005-03-07 12:31:36 AM|| Front Page Top

#4 Smart strong wymyn are skeery? Shit, they're the coolest friends, the sexiest, most intriguing, most desirable femalians on the planet.

Dowd's suffering from Femalian Neural Envy - females terminally jealous of the other females who have more than one neuron.

Wotta jackass.

One has to wonder if Dowdy ever emerges from the deep pit that is her personal brand of insanity. Nothing she has written in the last 3 years bears any resemblance to reality - you know, that world the rest of us live in.

She should be, if she's not now, the All-Time Mega-Meds Poster Child.
Posted by .com 2005-03-07 12:34:52 AM||   2005-03-07 12:34:52 AM|| Front Page Top

#5 She is off her Zoloft again I see.
Posted by FlameBait 2005-03-07 12:42:43 AM||   2005-03-07 12:42:43 AM|| Front Page Top

#6 Its interesting that many subcultures need to promote a 'we are victims' line. Its by no means restricted to feminists. You see it in religions (not just Islam) all the time. It seems especially prevalent in groups that have a weak rational for existing.
Posted by phil_b 2005-03-07 12:54:50 AM||   2005-03-07 12:54:50 AM|| Front Page Top

#7 I had to look up the word "termagent"

It means, a quarrelsome, scolding woman; a shrew; which is apparently how Dowd sees Hillary and Martha.

Oddly enough, the etymology of the word is that it is based on an imaginary Muslim deity that appeared in old French religious propaganda dramas and was imported to England with the Normans. The character Tervagant appears in the dramas as a shewish but powerful character.
Posted by mhw 2005-03-07 1:11:15 AM||   2005-03-07 1:11:15 AM|| Front Page Top

#8 Fred, Hilary Swank won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film "Million Dollar Baby," in which she played a female boxer.

Rather than try to summarize the movie I think I'll just say that I don't think she understood it.
Posted by Phil Fraering 2005-03-07 1:21:43 AM|| [http://newsfromthefridge.typepad.com]  2005-03-07 1:21:43 AM|| Front Page Top

#9 The Times editor messed up. It should have been "When the world ends, there will be left only a few cockroaches: Cher, Hillary and Martha."
Posted by Pappy 2005-03-07 1:30:35 AM||   2005-03-07 1:30:35 AM|| Front Page Top

#10 I learned covering Geraldine Ferraro's vice presidential bid that the reaction of women to extraordinarily successful women is also ambivalent, with as much hostility as sisterly pride.

And for a perfect example of this, let's look at MoDo's own writing a few sentences later:

And what about Condi, who's now being touted for the Republican ticket in 2008? Perhaps she does not need to play the victim to make people feel better about her power because she was never seen as a termagant, pushing people around and bending them to her will. She always seemed subservient to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, a willing handmaiden and spokesman for their bellicose bidding.

Me-ow. What a poison pen. Of course, just last week the world saw Condi 'bending Hosni Mumbarak to her will.' And the consequences could be historic. That's what is called exercising power. Condi does it because she's qualified and cares about substance. MoDo is so shallow that she cannot get beyond image. That's why she can see an ostensible connection between Clinton and Stewart where none really exists and it's why the article ignores any details about what Martha actually did.
Posted by John in Tokyo 2005-03-07 2:05:23 AM||   2005-03-07 2:05:23 AM|| Front Page Top

#11 Love the poster! It's an incredible movie, too, particularly the MST3K version.
Posted by Robert Crawford  2005-03-07 8:11:14 AM|| [http://www.kloognome.com/]  2005-03-07 8:11:14 AM|| Front Page Top

#12 Gee, Condi was subservient to Bush. Isn't that a reasonable summation of the Boss - employee relationship?

I know I damn well better be subservient to my Boss or I won't have one! (Other than my wife but that's another story of a strong, but, non-termagant womant)
Posted by AlanC  2005-03-07 8:32:40 AM||   2005-03-07 8:32:40 AM|| Front Page Top

#13 Mike V #3- ditto

Condi was subservient to Bush That was the sole purpose of her yawning screed.

Condi - the talking points are out. It's been decided that you will be portrayed as the house mammy, Sally Hemmings, to be exact. Expect more of those kissing photos with her and Bush - to further the impression of her being not just a beautiful, intelligent, n*^^er, but available after dinner for her masters. It never ceases to amaze how low the current left will stoop.
Posted by 2b 2005-03-07 9:01:49 AM||   2005-03-07 9:01:49 AM|| Front Page Top

#14 Oh, please! I didn't think that it was possible to write a unconciously politically correct satire of political correctness. But she did it.
Posted by Highlander 2005-03-07 9:21:46 AM||   2005-03-07 9:21:46 AM|| Front Page Top

#15 I love smart, confident, beautiful women. That's why MoDo turns me off. A neurotic little bitch still wishing for her high school girl's clique days. The NYT should be embarrassed for paying her, much less printing her whines
Posted by Frank G  2005-03-07 9:45:06 AM||   2005-03-07 9:45:06 AM|| Front Page Top

#16 BTW - I've gone thru the "really liked, disliked/liked" Michael Douglas phases as his career has gone up/down/up.
The fact he dumped MoDo for Catherine Zeta Jones, however, makes him look like the smartest (and luckiest) man in the world! Now I'm just jealous :-)
Posted by Frank G  2005-03-07 9:51:21 AM||   2005-03-07 9:51:21 AM|| Front Page Top

#17 I think Maureen needs a hug.
Posted by eLarson 2005-03-07 10:21:02 AM|| [http://larsonian.blogspot.com]  2005-03-07 10:21:02 AM|| Front Page Top

#18 Mmmmmmmmmmmm...mushrooms!
Posted by MoDo 2005-03-07 10:25:40 AM||   2005-03-07 10:25:40 AM|| Front Page Top

#19 Well, if anyone knows anything about shrews, it's gotta be MoDo.
Posted by Desert Blondie 2005-03-07 11:27:10 AM|| [http://azjetsetchick.blogspot.com]  2005-03-07 11:27:10 AM|| Front Page Top

#20 She's trapped in the "Bozone", an area of impermeability surrounding a completelty clueless person that prohibits the transfer of intelligence. No intelligence going in or out. In this case, however, the indications are there is no level of intelligence within this person's Bozone.
Posted by Deacon Blues  2005-03-07 12:42:20 PM||   2005-03-07 12:42:20 PM|| Front Page Top

#21 #2 phil_b:
"women being degraded has an entertainment value far greater than men being degraded." She musn't have watched an American sitcom in a very long time.
Or an American commercial.
Posted by Chinese Unomoger1553 2005-03-07 1:39:24 PM||   2005-03-07 1:39:24 PM|| Front Page Top

#22 Oh, ferchrissakes - I'm Chinese again today.

I thought sure I put my name in this computer too. :-(
Posted by Barbara Skolaut  2005-03-07 1:44:25 PM||   2005-03-07 1:44:25 PM|| Front Page Top

#23 Oh, ferchrissakes - I'm Chinese again today.
Be careful how loud you say that, Barbara. There might be FBI agents around, next thing you know they'll be sending flowers and asking you out.
Posted by Steve  2005-03-07 3:30:20 PM||   2005-03-07 3:30:20 PM|| Front Page Top

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