The murder of Kansas physician George Tiller is a devastating and,
unfortunately, perfect illustration of the stupid, hypocritical,
blindered self-righteousness of the anti-choice movement. And just as
painful as the news itself is seeing the variety of twists and dodges
with which the mainstream media does—or doesn’t—cover it.
I almost don’t want to give the New York Times the pageviews it was obviously courting in publishing Ross Douthat’s stunningly underthought and journalistically sloppy column “Liberated and Unhappy.” But those of you who’ve read Beth Skwarecki’s article “Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps” will immediately recognize the tricks Douthat uses in his “analysis” of the supposed link between the gains of feminism and the sad, benighted women it’s left in its wake.
The 2007 study on which Douthat hangs today's column is called “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,” and was authored by two economists from The Wharton School of Business; reading it, it seems fair to say that, like many an interesting study, it makes a sweeping hypothesis — “By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s declining relative happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men” — and then spends much of the following 44 pages explaining that it’s not actually that simple, and exploring the many variables that may contribute to this decline. For instance, the social pressure on women of the 1960s and ‘70s to put on a happy face (even one that was chemically induced) is very likely a factor in the study’s self-reporting; so is the probability that, as revealed in a study by another economist published around the same time as “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,” men have over the past several decades cut back on activities they don’t like and, as a result, have more true leisure time; women —whose leisure time, particularly if they have families, is not their own—have less.
Nevermind the amazing ways President Obama has elevated women and girls, worked to overturn the ban on funding for groups that provide abortions and overall improve the condition of women in our society in his first 100 days. Let's mark this milestone in his administration by objectifying 100 Hot Babes! Coed Magazine (oh there is SO much douche here!) celebrated yesterday with a photo spread, stating "whether or not you think Obama's first 100 days has been a success, there's one thing we can all agree on - super hot chicks!" Douchey and bad at grammar, both of which constitute Coed Magazine as this week's douchiest! The article says,"There's been a few ups, a few downs and a whole hell of a lot of people acting like total douchebags". You betcha, Coed Magazine. I'd say with that comment, they had it comin'.