The Washington Examiner has posted a response from Michael Kinsley to Susan Estrich’s email screed. It sort of reminds me of that scene in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (or is it one of the sequels?) when that guy charges Indiana Jones on the bridge doing all that fancy intimidating sword stuff, and we think Indiana’s in trouble, but he simply pulls out his revolver and dispatches the sword guy with one shot. (To clarify, Kinsley=Indiana Jones, Estrich=the swarthy sword man.) An excerpt from Kinsley’s response:
She is right that we should have more women writing for our op-ed page, and she is right that I am bad about answering e-mail, although she is wrong to think that this bad habit is gender-specific. What seems to have popped her cork, however, is an article by a woman that we did run. I’m sorry that she has “never heard of” Charlotte Allen, but I think it may be possible to be a woman even if Susan Estrich has never heard of you. Even a member of the Independent Women’s Forum can nevertheless be a woman, perhaps.
Note that the version of Estrich’s email posted at the Examiner site is dramatically edited and condensed. For the original email, in all its loopy unproofread glory, look at yesterday’s Fishbowl post.