Too many people don't realize that misandry means hatred of men as a sex; it is the exact equivalent of misogyny. Misandry is a seriously underused word on Open Salon and on blogs in general. Misogyny and misandry are evil, ugly twins locked in a hideous dance that tortures everyone. I hope we can achieve some honesty, forgiveness, and understanding, at least on this blog.
Mary Wollstonecraft was never meant to be a coven of feminists. From the beginning I interviewed both men and women; I actively recruited men who had written controversial posts on their blogs like Mr. E and Incandescent.Thanks to my five younger brothers, I enjoy heated debate with men; I loved being the only girl in my poitical science classes at Fordham.
Helping take care of my grandson, I am back in the same Manhattan playgrounds where my daughters played. My two year old grandson has already been exposed to more sexist stereotyping than his mom and aunts were 30 years ago at his age.
I get impatient with women who are wusses. Too often women are their own worst enemies. Their father and I raised our daughters to be strong women, not victims. We succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Our success was evident early. My husband Chris took our 4 and 6 year olds to school on the subway. Four-year-old Rosalind insisted on racing around the subway pole. When Chris tried to stop her, she shouted at the top of her lungs: "Get yours hands off me." As everyone in the subway car stared at Chris, he worried he might be arrested. How many women groped in the subway have Rosalind's courage and self-confidence?