Caitlin Flanagan is back at it with a new article about — I’m just guessing here — how bad it is when girls have sex without commitment. Bad, bad, slutty girls! Rah, rah, Snow Whites!
The Atlantic has really been knocking ’em out of the park lately, between this and the anti-breastfeeding and the pro-settling. Anyway, I tried to read this latest soulless condescension-fest, but I couldn’t finish it. I post it here so that others may journey into the cave and return with tales of the horrors glimpsed within. Here’s how it opens…
In case you haven’t noticed, millions of girls are in the midst of a cultural insurrection. Armed with the pocket money that has made them a powerful consumer force since the 1920s, girls have set their communal sights on a particular kind of entertainment, and when they find it, they transform it into a commercial phenomenon that leaves even the creators and marketers of that entertainment dumbfounded. What do these girls—with such different backgrounds and aspirations, foreign to one another in so many respects—demand right now? The old story, the one they were forced to abandon for a while, but will be denied no longer: the Boyfriend Story.
Kara, you told me you couldn’t get through it either, so let’s turn this chore over to our faithful readers to take the bullet for us. Here’s the article. Godspeed.