Monday, February 04, 2008

Sisters o sisters

Tip of the hat to James Wolcott for directing me to Susan Faludi's review of the anthology Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers in the Observer. Faludi starts by zeroing in on the fact that Clinton's actual politics and proposals are rarely discussed (one of my pet peeves in the Clinton/Obama duel—not talking about specific policy points plays to his strengths) then goes on to dismantle the contributors' self-absorbed takes (it would have been nice to get more specific examples, though the Susannah Moore quote is priceless) and look at the mother syndrome in American politics. I can't say that I always agree with Faludi but she seems to hit the nail on the head there. Thomas Hobbes may have written that man is wolf to man, but damn!—woman can be bitch to woman.

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