Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Oh yeah. Equality. The sexes equal each other. Then they flip. Or something.
Kinsley was never what we Jersey boys would have called a "guy." He was always a feminized, self-congratulating wit who had lots of book education and an all-too-apparent lack of real world experience. Would you ever ask him to look at your carburetor?
Estrich, on the other hand, was the classic proof of a Freudian theory that was obviously wrong until you looked at her. You could meet dozens of women who exhibited no signs of what Freud called penis-envy. Then you saw Susan Estrich on a talk show. AHA! A chick who's never gotten over not having a penis and testicles. That's why she's trying to sound like Wallace Beery.
Another sign of convergence. An Estrich runs headlong into a Kinsley. Why should she acknowledge any difference but gender? She can't. She therefore holds him accountable for every sex performance difference -- including the fact that female commentary generally is less original, less effective, and less insightful than men's.
And what of him? He is similarly handicapped. He is unable to specify the difference, because he does not think of Thurber's The War Between the Sexes. He is looking for originality, effectiveness, insight, and liberal scripture. Convinced that the right scripture should appeal to both men and women, as it appeals to him, he feels betrayed to be attacked from the left. When he counterattacks, it is with all the vitriol and condescension at his disposal.
What would have happened on the right? Women on the right know that if they are good at thinking, they are in the minority for their sex. (Sorry. I know the truth may hurt, but it is still the truth.) They also know that they are tremendously valued for such ability. They are drawn to the possibility of becoming goddesses, which is what all women want, including Susan Estrich, who would receive the acclaim she needs if only she could change her affiliations.
The bottom line. Kinsley is an ass. He wishes he were George Bernard Shaw, but he's Paul Begala with an education instead. Estrich is an ass. She wishes she were Ann Coulter. She thinks she could manage it with a combination of plastic surgery and a lobotomy. All she'd really need would be the plastic surgery and a quit-smoking regimen. The lobotomy would turn her into Bella Abzug. Sorry.