Possibly the dumbest feminist column ever written

Possibly the dumbest feminist column ever written

I have to admit that after reading a blog post titled “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry,” I am impressed with some of the views espoused by its author and war-on-women combatant, Amy Glass. Take the opening salvo: “Every time I hear someone say that feminism is about validating every choice a woman makes I have to fight back vomit.” While my own reaction isn’t quite so visceral, I am in agreement with the general observation. Likewise Glass’s apparent concern for cleanliness, embodied in her desire to “have a shower for a woman when she backpacks on her own through Asia.”

Except that Glass isn’t referring to bathing, as she explains in elsewhere in her sermon:

Having kids and getting married are considered life milestones. We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them. They are the most common thing, ever, in the history of the world. They are, by definition, average. And here’s the thing, why on earth are we settling for average?

Glass assumes that the answer to her paragraph-ending question is self-evident — that no woman should stoop to “settling for average” — but she can’t possibly believe that. Surely, somewhere along the line she learned about the “birds and the bees.” Surely, she is aware that, from a purely biological standpoint, the future of the human race is doomed unless some women are willing to “do nothing” (Glass’s vernacular for raising a family).

But if Glass has no tolerance for procreation, she has even less for housewifery. In another rhetorical question, she asks, “Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really [sic] on equal footing with a woman who works and takes care of herself?” This time she provides an answer herself:

There’s no way those two things are the same. It’s hard for me to believe it’s not just verbally placating these people so they don’t get in trouble with the mommy bloggers.


Women will be equal with men when we stop demanding that it be considered equally important to do housework and real work. They are not equal. Doing laundry will never be as important as being a doctor or an engineer or building a business. This word play is holding us back.

It’s entirely possible that this essay is meant to be tongue-in-cheek: that Glass is satirizing other feminist screeds. But clicking on her byline at Thought Catalog takes you a page that reveals she has a body of work in this area, all of which seems to be equally mindless.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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