Monday, May 29, 2006

I said it 20 years ago,

and I'll say it again now: Newsweek Magazine, blow it out your fatuous, sexist porthole. Stop trying to pigeonhole women.

Newsweek issues a weak 'Mea Culpa':

In "The Marriage Crunch," the magazine reported on new demographic research predicting that white, college-educated women who failed to marry in their 20s faced abysmal odds of ever tying the knot. According to the research, a woman who remained single at 30 had only a 20 percent chance of ever marrying. By 35, the probability dropped to 5 percent. In the story's most infamous line, NEWSWEEK reported that a 40-year-old single woman was "more likely to be killed by a terrorist" than to ever marry. That comparison wasn't in the study, and even in those pre-9/11 days, it struck many people as an offensive analogy. Nonetheless, it quickly became entrenched in pop culture and is still routinely cited in TV shows and news stories.

And you, along with mercenary assclowns like Faith Popcorn and those predators who wrote "The Rules" propagated the myth that all women really want is to be married and pregnant. By publishing this latest installment, you don't rectify your mistakes, you compound them.

So, to put it bluntly, just SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY! Report on something important, like how civil liberties and the Constitution itself is under attack, and maybe suggest some ways in which women can help solve the problem instead of longing for a redesigned kitchen or a bigger playroom for the kids. Leave this shit to Harlequin Romances.