This week, like most weeks, brought with it a parade of douche. However, I’ve been scouring the world wide web–OK, googling stuff for the past few hours–and no one d-bag is standing out head and shoulders above the rest. It’s been a week of tiny douches (hold me closer, tiny douchebag!) and that calls for a douchebag roundup. Sarah Palin, Bret Easton Ellis, Michael Pollan, MIA/Lynn Hirschberg, and the rest of this week’s douchebags, come on down! Play along at home by adding your suggestions in the comments section!
• Sarah Palin is a “real” feminist.
So Sarah Palin has “come out” and identified as a feminist. Except that she is still decidedly against women’s rights, and just calling yourself a feminist in public does not a feminist make. Further reading: “5 Ways of Looking at ‘Sarah Palin Feminism’ ” by Kate Harding
• Bret Easton Ellis thinks “women can’t direct.”
Last week in an interview with Movieline, Ellis backed up his former statement that “women can’t direct” by saying that, “There’s something about the medium of film itself that I think requires the male gaze.” Oh! So it isn’t that the male gaze is consistently privileged over the female gaze, it’s that the medium itself *requires* the male gaze simply to exist. Yeah, that makes sense. Further reading: “Girls on Film: Bret Easton Ellis, Biology, and Breasts” by Monika Bartyzel
• Michael Pollan blames feminism for wrecking the family meal.
In his latest piece for the New York Review of Books, Pollan agrees with author Janet A. Flammang that at second-wave feminism’s urging, women have abandoned “foodwork” and thus “wrecked one of the nurseries of democracy: the family meal.” Never mind that women might, um, *need* to work, or that men and children are also part of that nursery of democracy he mentions, so maybe they should share in the blame for its demise. Further reading: “The foodie indictment of feminism” by Anna Clark
• Lynn Hirschberg writes insulting piece on M.I.A., M.I.A. retaliates by tweeting Hirschberg’s cell number.
Lynn Hirschberg’s latest, a profile on M.I.A. in the New York Times, is chocked full o’ douche. She consistently attempts to undermine M.I.A.’s politics, and she paints her as frivolous and flighty (read the quote about truffle-flavored French fries for evidence of this). However, as a retaliation move, M.I.A. posted Hirschberg’s cell number on Twitter to her more than 100,000 followers, which is also kind of douche-y. Further reading: “M.I.A. Takes on Google, Gaga, and Lynn Hirschberg” by Latoya Peterson
Add your own Douchebag Decrees to the roundup in the comments section!