Blamer Eileen has dispatched to Twisty HQ an impassioned communiquÃ© appealing for aid in combating the sexist subtext of a fuckardly editorial infesting her local paper. Quoth Eileen:
I am in desperate need of some patriarchy-blaming help. I love your site, and was hoping that you and/or your kind readers might help me craft a response to an editorial published in my local paper. This editorial (the kind written by the editors, not the guest kind) is about a (theoretical) gender gap in higher education.
Here’s a choice bit from the middle:
“When there are markedly more educated women than men, marriage rates and birth rates are distorted.
Don’t believe us? In highly educated Germany, nearly 40 percent of educated women have never had children. As a result, this country has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and an aging native-born population.
The cause behind it seems to be this: highly educated, professional women are having trouble finding male equals as partners. When that’s added to the fact that these same women have many more professional and personal choices than their mothers and grandmothers used to, many are simply electing not to get married or have children.”
The rest is here.
Now, I always get an oogy-gut feeling when I see headlines like “Our New Gender Gap”. But this time I moved straight into sputtering mode. All I could come up with was “Dear editors, WOMEN ARE NOT BABY MACHINES.”
I would like to send them something a little more coherent. They print pretty much every letter they get (I guess that goes in the ‘pro’ column for small-town life), so you can see why I’m hoping for the help of the larger patriarchy-blaming community.
Thanks bunches, Eileen
I ask you, who among us has not experienced the oogy-gut feeling when presented with the icy glare of patriarchy? So help a sister out, girls. Save Eileen from despair.