Charlotte Allen sees "the lighter side" of female idiocy
When Charlotte Allen's op/ed about the alleged intellectual inferiority of women outraged Washington Post readers, section editor Joe Pomfret assured the public that the essay was intended to be tongue in cheek.
Now, the Post is giving Allen a chance to explain herself--and she's undercutting Pomfret's condescending excuses.
Allen stresses that she was not trying to be ironic, or satirical, i.e., she wasn't making an exaggerated case for women's inferiority in order to show the reader how bad those arguments really are.
Washington: When I read this, I immediately thought it was written ironically. Were you surprised that so many people took it literally?
Charlotte Allen: I wouldn't quite use the word "ironic," but yes, I meant to be funny but with a serious point--that women want to be taken seriously but quite often don't act serious. Also, that women and men really are different.
In the Q&A Allen restates her prediction that the percentage of women in the highest echelons of medicine and law will remain "relatively small" (because, she argued in her original essay, women are just too dumb):
Alexandria, Va.: Loved your column -- you spoke honestly about things that most people are reluctant to discuss openly for fear of being labeled sexist or anti-feminist. I think most of the critics don't seem to realize that you were not saying that women were the only ones who could be stupid -- men can be just as clueless, but men and women are usually stupid in different ways, and you just happened to be discussing some of the congenital flaws of the fairer sex. Certainly there have been no shortage of columns in the past dissecting the shortcomings of men!
Charlotte Allen: Yes, men are fair game, and it's considered perfectly OK to make all the fun of them we want. But make a joke at a woman's expense, and--woo!
Evidently, making fun of real or imagined "congenital defects" is fair game as far as Allen is concerned.
Woodbridge, Va.: Congratulations on a hilarious article. Do you think the hysterical response to it provides further proof that feminists have no sense of humor?
Charlotte Allen: Is the pope German?
So, Charlotte Allen seriously believes that women are intellectually stunted by their genes. She was just trying to approach the serious subject of female stupidity in a lighthearted way!