I’m beyond annoyed with Inside Higher Ed, people. Instead of publishing articles by brilliant people like me, they give a platform to some unhinged freakazoid who dumps on Elisabeth Badinter whose name she can’t even spell.
Of course, in the process, she manages to ascribe her own bizarre fantasies to Badinter. The freakazoid’s point is that it’s “noble and radically feminist” to be a homeschooling housewife. And being a successful feminist philosopher who publishes books such bored housewives dump on without even reading them is hugely oppressive. Badinter wants women to compete on the job market and try to succeed professionally! How totally vicious of her!
In her hurry to make her stupid point about the feminist nature of giving birth as one’s only way to fulfillment, the freakazoid stoops to outright lies:
PS In case you’re interested, Elisabeth Baudinter, the author of the book that has set off the firestorm, has a huge financial stake in the success of the formula industry, so, competitive capitalism AND class issues, all rolled into one giant, unacknowledged hole in her argument that women are enslaved by children
Unlike this blabbering harpy, I have actually read the book in question. And I can tell you that there is absolutely no suggestion in it that “women are enslaved by children.” (The factual mistakes in this article are countless because the idiot is retelling a review by another idiot who hasn’t read the book either.) What enslaves women, according to Badinter, is the ideology that tells women there is something wrong with not sacrificing themselves for the cause of childbirth. The freakazoid (who I don’t think even deserves a name because of what a viciously stupid liar and idiot she is) uses in support of her neanderthal beliefs a quote from some ancient woman-hater:
But what’s the alternative? What’s the alternative to pumping out a unit every nine months? Pointless careerism? Pointless careerism? Putting on a man-tailored suit with shoulder pads, imitating all the worst behavior of men? This is the best thing that women can do? To take a job at a criminal corporation that’s poisoning the environment and robbing customers out of their money? This is the worthiest thing they can think of?
Believe it or not, this piece of vile anti-women garbage is published in Inside Higher Ed. This is supposed to be a periodical for intelligent, educated people. I read it to find out what goes on in higher ed, not what goes on in the rusty brain of a stupid patriarchal doormat who can’t memorize the name of a feminist scholar she is dumping on. One would hope to be free of reading housewives’ ridiculous vomit at least in one’s professional publication.
And then people hint that I’m too harsh on housewives on my blog. Gosh, we need at least one place where nobody is falling over oneself in efforts to appease their tantrums and convince them of how much we appreciate their noble sacrifice on the altar of their uncontrollable laziness, egregious stupidity, and unbridled egotism.
P.S. There is no suggestion that women stop breastfeeding or that anybody drink alcohol or smoke during pregnancy in Badinter’s book. There is also no suggestion that children need to be shipped to boarding schools. I cannot believe that Inside Higher Ed stooped so low as to publish a review by a person who hasn’t even read the book. I’m speechless, people. What can we expect from our students? How do I explain to them that you don’t review a book you haven’t even seen?