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    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    I Hate Arianna Huffington

    And it has nothing to do with her blog. It has nothing to do with her cameo on "The L Word". It doesn't even have to do with her political conversion.

    Arianna Huffington and Maureen Dowd are basically interchangeable to me. They're both superficial, but well-educated and connected enough to swipe a "token" slot away from a hard-hitting intellectual woman. Both are as Meghan O'Rourke smartly notes re: the former almost unimaginably unaware of their incredible privilege. Both seem to feel that cutesy nicknames and clothing analysis are brilliant and incisive treatments of politics, making themselves priceless assets to the community of, as they say, "talking heads".

    And don't even get me started on how they gesture to "feminism" when their everyday lives are testaments to how little they value what I consider feminist principles.


    Blogger CrackerLilo said...

    At least neither one is Ann Coulter. *sigh*

    12:47 AM  
    Blogger EL said...

    I suppose that's true.

    1:17 PM  
    Anonymous Luke said...

    oh wow, I just saw her appearance on Colbert on YT. "you know how women say that when they're 5 lbs less they have better sex? you know why that is? it's because they feel better about themselves and when you feel better about yourself you're more fearless and when you're more fearless you have better sex!"

    2:42 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Oh, I MUST go see her appearance on Colbert. Glad it's on YouTube. But ew, will it be gross!

    4:01 PM  
    Blogger Sara said...

    I would truly like to know HOW their everyday lives are subversive to feminist principles. I am not very fond of Arianna Huffington, simply because she annoys me with her upper-crustiness. However, because of my dislike, I avoid her. Hence, any criticism that I might throw her way wouldn't necessarily apply, as I am more unaware of her than I am disapproving. As for Maureen Dowd, there is a difference between being born into a position of privilege and making various connections in one's education and career that turn out to fulfill the requirements of your opaque reference to "well-connected," which you did not even bother to reinforce with evidence. I'm not even sure what exact similarities exist between Dowd and Huffington. And if you remark on lipstick or high heels I might just have to puke.
    Well . . . ta! I believe that I've addressed every fact and every tidbit of information that your "brilliant and incisive" commentary . . . um, never mind. Brilliant editorials aside, I do have to add that there is almost nothing more damaging to so-called "feminist principles" than women who look down on other women for not measuring up to their own idea of female. Strange that you picked a quote from Meghan O'Rourke about Arianna Huffington, since I consider Dowd and O'Rourke interchangeable. Except for the cutesy nicknames, of course, which has absolutely nothing to do with the current president's affinity for pet names. How much do you know about anybody's "everyday life" but your own. Do you truly research these women that you disdain, or do you blithely judge your fellow female on her shade and intensity of lipstick. "And bonu s: 6. Feminism made it possible to see women in my life as fully human."
    Oh, and EL? Consider me unmoved.

    10:17 PM  
    Blogger Elaine said...

    Why does she open her mouth, she is a complete idiot to expose herself. Does she not know that no one can understand a thing she says.
    I just saw her on ODORMAN and she had this stupid smile on her face.
    I fail to see that she is relevant.

    10:52 PM  

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