November 02, 2005

Quote of the Day

"Is this dark view of sexual politics a little extreme? If it is, it shouldn't be surprising. Dowd pushes every statement to its most exaggerated form; her column occupies a space somewhere in between the other columns on the New York Times op-ed page and the political cartoons that sometimes run there...

As Dowd would have it, men simply find her intelligence, her status, her wit too daunting. (A friend called her up to complain that her Pulitzer Prize would make it impossible for her to get a date.) But is it possible that there is something else at play?

The piece further describes the wide variety of men Dowd has been involved with, ranging from movie stars, to important editors, to creators of television dramas. And they have apparently all been attracted to her, even though she is not in a service profession, or a maid, or a virgin in a gingham dress. One imagines that her intelligence, her sharpness, her sarcasm may even have interested these men. Could there possibly be another reason that the attractive, successful Dowd has not settled down? Something that is not in the zeitgeist, or the political climate, but some ineffable quality of her own psychology?

-Katie Roiphe, in Slate, tearing down the Cult of MoDo. Excellent piece, even if about 500 bloggers have already made the same point, and even though she inaccurately describes Dowd as "a brilliant caricaturist of the political scene."

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 2, 2005 06:21 PM

Get off it allready BLOGGER...are you sure YOU aren't obsessed with MoDo???
You should right about crazy Malkin..who I saw on O'Reilly as I was flipping channels, saying that liberals are more apt to violence than conservatives...what a crazy BIATCH...

Posted by: A at November 2, 2005 07:13 PM
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