Wednesday, July 13, 2005

2% of our country infuriates me

Maggie says:
Just looked at the results of this CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll that shows a majority of Americans think it's a good idea for the next Supreme Court justice to be a woman. (13% said it was "essential" that the next pick be a woman and 65% said it was "a good idea but not essential.") Of course, 13% sounds too low to me, but get this:

2% of respondents - assuming this poll is sound, that pretty much embodies 2% of the country - say it's "a bad idea" for a woman to be picked for the Supreme Court. A bad idea? That 2% makes me sick to my stomach.

In other gender news, check out this Ms. Musings review of "The New Wife," the latest book to make professional women feel guilty for not staying home. Apparently, author Susan Shapiro Barash (who is a gender studies professor!) was recently interviewed on the Today show and when asked what the 21st century wife represented, answered "She's probably the smartest of all because she's willing to scrutinize the recent past and to take the best from each decade."

The Ms. response? "Frankly, I have no idea what we're supposed to take from any decade past the 1950s."