Z.O.M.G.: I agree with Katie Roiphe entirely.

Alert the authorities:  Katie Roiphe is dead right about “Why Professors Should Not Have Affairs with Their Students:”   Longtime readers may recall that I’ve been pretty unsparing in my criticism of Roiphe for a long, long time now, but she really nails it here. In this new essay, Roiphe writes from the perspective of seeing … Continue reading Z.O.M.G.: I agree with Katie Roiphe entirely.

“Hillary, can you excite us?” The unresolved mommy problem of feminist politics, plus the return of the Whiggies!

Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times and a woman who has has her own struggles straddling the line between “revolutionary” and “the establishment,” has an interesting article in The Guardian about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s troubles “exciting” young women.  “The ‘I’m a woman and it’s OK to vote with your uterus’ message is … Continue reading “Hillary, can you excite us?” The unresolved mommy problem of feminist politics, plus the return of the Whiggies!

Sexuality and power in recent novels and recent history

In a review of two recent novels that feature professor-student affairs, reviewer Michelle Dean asks where is the frank discussion of power?  She writes, The professor-student romance debate similarly breaks down, for the most part, to two opposing views. In one corner you have your Roiphes and your Paglias, who style themselves as revolutionaries for … Continue reading Sexuality and power in recent novels and recent history

The empathy gap for those hardworking, white middle-class “men on top?”

This essay strikes me as jaw-droppingly weird and pretty stupid.  Susan Jacoby: WHEN I dream about my father, as I do even though he has been dead for more than a quarter of a century, I always wake up when I hear the crunch of tires rolling over rock salt — an unmistakable sound evoking … Continue reading The empathy gap for those hardworking, white middle-class “men on top?”

Coincidence?

Today Katie Roiphe tells us she desperately wants to be slapped around and ravished by Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, and John Updike and asks why the rest of us are so uptight about their portrayal of sex, and Mary Daly dropped dead.  Yes, that’s the same Katie Roiphe who told us back in the 1990s that rape … Continue reading Coincidence?