I don’t follow football, but I did enjoy the way Wonkette operative Eric Pfeiffer put it:
Things just keep getting worse for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens. First, he manages to get booted for the season – something his colleagues accused of murder, drug use and rape have failed to accomplish.
Boy would I be mad if I went to Lynn University (where?) of Boca Raton, Florida. Students there paid their university president more than $5 million last year. Five other university presidents cracked the $1 million mark. Now, university presidents deserve to be paid well — but more than a million dollars? Among doctoral and research universities, NYU’s own John Sexton is the sixth-highest-paid president, bringing in almost $900,000 a year. The average president of a doctoral/research institution makes about half that. Only 14 college/university presidents make more than $800,000 annually. Now, I like Sexton — he did great things for the law school, and I think he’s good for the university — but it does seem funny that he accepts one of the highest salaries of all university presidents, and then digs in his heels when it comes to paying adjunct faculty fairly and recognizing graduate student unions so that they can bargain for better wages and benefits. I’ll also throw it out there that NYU is one of the worst schools in the country when it comes to financial aid, and every year they raise our tution well above the rate of inflation. But hey, as long as Sexton is gettin’ his…
I *heart* Jennifer Baumgardner. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting her last spring, I’ve read all her books, and she is amazing. While I try not to attach myself to a single feminist thinker, I would say that Baumgardner’s version of feminism is the most similar to mine. So check out her latest article, where she takes on Ariel Levy’s “Female Chauvinist Pigs.”
While Dowd’s book has some feminists of my acquaintance furious (“I don’t recognize the world she is describing at all,” a 35-year-old editor at the Washington Post told me), Levy’s is more dangerous. Intentional or not, Levy contributes to that mean finger, pointed only at girls, that says “You think you are being sexy, you think you’re cool and powerful, but you’re not. You’re a slut and people are making fun of you.”
Feminism has given me a powerful lens with which to view the world. What I needed as a young woman, and what I think women need now, are not more critics shaking their fingers, but more models and examples of the free, powerful sexuality that Levy says she advocates.