And just in time for Salon’s Rebecca Traister’s sad little defense of Katha Pollitt, we find Pollitt writing about those oft-maligned young women, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Is she sympathetic? HA!
From: Katha Pollitt
Subject: Re: the Pink video
I think it’s okay to ridicule women who play into men’s demands if they are as successful at it as Britney spears and Paris Hilton! They can take care of themselves. They have plenty of agency, and they use it for bad things. Mary Wollstonecraft mocked the idle fashion plates of her day and was very tough on women who played dumb and manipulated men, even as she explained that these women were using the tools ready to hand.
Got that? Manipulating men = bad. Webstalking the ex = statement of feminist protest in the face of an unfeeling patriarchy.