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Sunday, February 09, 2003
9:32 PM

If you think about it, women are just better people... Just ask Martha Burk. As promised, a major national magazine has a piece this week on the Augusta controversy, and it turns out to be The New Yorker. I don't see anything online yet, but here's the incredible excerpt posted over at NRO:
At one point, I [journalist Peter Boyer] asked her to help me to understand the benefit to society that would result from a woman joining Augusta National. She responded with what has been, throughout her campaign, her case-closing line: "You wouldn¹t ask me what was the benefit to society if we were talking about excluding people on race."

No, but this wasn't race. I wondered, "Can there exist such a thing as a benign exclusion of one gender or the other in a private social setting?"

Her answer surprised me. "I myself have what I call the girls' dinner, she said. "Just some of the women in the women¹s movement, and we get together for dinner. Women in Congress do it, too."

The difference, she explained, has to do with the conditioned behavior of men and women. "Here's the difference. And it's interesting that you should ask this, and it's just now come to me, pretty clearly. It is because, when men get together, denigrating women is often a part of the social interaction. When women get together, denigrating men is rarely done. It's just not even on the radar screen. Even among the so-called strident feminists of the women's movement. We don't have anything to hide in that way, and men seem to."

You know, there's a certain type of feminism--filling entire landscapes--that reveals itself not to be concerned about equality so much as asserting a superior moral claim.


How many people living on the planet I thought she was referring to actually believe that women, in private, don't denigrate men as "part of the social interaction"?

UPDATE: Okay, to review the above:

1. Gender and race are exactly the same thing.
2. Women don't denigrate men in private, though men denigrate women.
3. Women can have single-gender associations, but men can't.
4. All we want is equality, except when it benefits us to be treated differently.

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