Redemption for Dowd?

Redemption for Dowd? I’ve read less of Maureen Dowd’s Op-Eds lately because, well, quite frankly, I got bored with them.  Over the summer, I found myself becoming less interested in her own words and, instead, becoming more lost in the dramatic and entertaining comments (always several hundred) that her pieces elicited.  For instance, while a … Continue reading

Gender Equality Today: Dramatically Improved or Just Dramatic?

Gender Equality Today: Dramatically Improved or Just Dramatic? “The Battle of the Sexes” is as vexed a subject today as it was in the early modern period, when women were expected to be chaste, obedient, and silent and were subjected to the common law “rule of thumb.” When in 1660, the Restoration ruler Charles II … Continue reading

Brevity is the Soul of Wits, Tweets and Twits

Brevity is the Soul of Wits, Tweets and Twits In Hamlet, it is Polonious who utters the famous and frequently quoted line, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”  While in the play this remark evokes ironic humor because it is only one line of many that Polonius spews during a sprawling, cautionary speech to his … Continue reading

Maureen Dowd dowdy?

Maureen Dowd dowdy? It’s been a decade since Maureen Down received a Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the Clinton impeachment and four years since she published her book on sexual politics entitled Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide, so she’s due for another career milestone, unless, of course, you count the buzz she caused … Continue reading

Dowd the Rogue Dramatist

Dowd the Rogue Dramatist On Sunday, July 12, the NYT featured yet another Op-ed by Maureen Dowd about…drum roll…SARAH PALIN.  Shocking, I know.  In this piece,entitled “Sweet Tweet Revenge,” Dowd has composed a faux Twitter dialogue between Sarah Palin and John McCain, both of whom do, indeed, tweet.  Back in April, I wrote a post … Continue reading

Dowd’s Not So Secret Obsession

Dowd’s Not So Secret Obsession This past Sunday, July 5th, Maureen Dowd’s op-ed, “Now, Sarah’s Folly,” appeared in the NYT. As expected, the piece criticizes not only Palin’s decision to step down, but also targets her appearance, her intelligence, and more.  I know, I know, such is life for public figures.  However, on July 7th, just two … Continue reading

Maureen Dowd’s Dramatic Commentary

Maureen Dowd’s Dramatic Commentary   If you peruse Maureen Dowd’s Op-Eds for the New York Times, you will find her frequently drawing attention to the dramatic nature of the lives of other people, particularly politicians.  Take for example her most recent commentary on Mark Sanford and Sarah Palin respectively.  In her June 27th article “Genius … Continue reading

Maureen Dowd Reluctant to Use Twitter: This could be something to Tweet about!

“Maureen Dowd Reluctant to Use Twitter: This could be something to Tweet about” I have a love/hate relationship with the NYT Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd.   Throughout the presidential campaign, I read with bitterness her pieces on Hillary and Sarah, for her voice was scarily anti-feminist, the most loathsome type of all, that of a … Continue reading

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