Saturday, March 19, 2005

Female vs. Feminist

Ah, Ms. Coulter, my favorite columnist.

Her most recent column begins with "How many people have to die before the country stops humoring feminists?"

It's about the Atlanta courthouse shooting, and she argues that women shouldn't be law enforcement officers. Or at least, women should have to meet the same physical fitness standards as men in such positions. Coulter also points out that most articles and legal argument defending women cops vaguely refer to "other talents" without substantiating facts.

What gets me about Coulter is here is what appears to be a rather intelligent women who cuts down her own ideas and opinions to shrill drivel by throwing tasteless and unnecessary insults into otherwise rare and logical arguments. It's like a monkey reciting Shakespeare and pausing mid-soliloquy to throw its own feces.

In the article, she faces head-on an issue that other commentary on the Atlanta incident only hints at. And she may even be right, perhaps there does need to be more scrutiny of women law enforcement officers. If these female cops are doing things right, then they'll stand tall under the examination; if not, then maybe something needs to change.

But throughout the article, Coulter of course has to be demeaning. She writes that female officers use more fatal force "(e)specially when perps won't reveal where they bought a particularly darling pair of shoes" and she throws in several jabs at "female Harvard math professors."

Why can't we get the logical arguments without all the I'm-a-radical posturing?

Somewhere there's a cool-headed and forgiving feminist who reads Coulter's column and thinks, "Thank God we've come so far that now women can even be chauvinist pigs."


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