You know that Charlotte Allen piece (“We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?“) that generated all that controversy? Well, the Washington City Paper sat down with Allen and asked her about Post ombudsman Deb Howell’s opinion:
CP: Youâ€™ve certainly gotten quite a response from the piece. What do you think of the responses?
CA: Well, I thought [Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell’s] position was essentially ridiculous. She was saying that women are such frail flowers that nobody can make a joke about them, including other women, which is just absurd. You know, weâ€™re half the population.
I think one point she made was that it wasn’t funny. What do you think she meant by that?
I have no idea. She interviewed me and asked me if I intended it to be funny, and I said yeah, I hope that it was funny. She said she didnâ€™t find it so amusing. That’s when I knew she would write exactly what she wrote. I was not surprised. But I think feminists are always saying “That’s not funny!” whenever you make any sort of joke about women.