A friend of mine – I’ll call her Kathy – recently attended a conference for women researchers in our field. She enjoyed speaking with the older researchers at the conference, who she felt were incredible role models and had important stories to share about being a woman in this field. She enjoyed presenting her research and learning about the research of others. However, there was a strong component of the conference that made her feel unwelcome and out of place: the way that feminists at the conference, who seemed to be a majority of the participants, expressed their views toward non-feminist lifestyles.
Kay Hymowitz strikes again. In a new article, “Do Women Really Want Equality?“, the author of a book with a sensationalist title – Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Is Turning Men Into Boys – is trying to convince us that women don’t really want equality. Her article is peppered by the statistics of the gender gap in various fields and professions, yet her tone is very dismissive. While offering no counter-statistics or rebuttal, she skirts the issue by saying that numbers are just that and don’t tell the whole story.
Although Hymowitz’s M.A. is in English literature, she has fashioned herself an expert in sociology, psychology, and American history, writing extensively about parenting, marriage, and gender roles. This pasty-white culture warrior was even brave enough to tell black Americans why they are so poor (the death of traditional marriage of course) and what exactly is wrong with their culture in her book Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age.
So, after reading Do Women Really Want Equality? I have a few things to say to Ms. Hymowitz. Continue reading