If you were to judge me strictly by my opinion of the female writers and contributors at Salon, you'd probably think I was the world's biggest misogynist. That's because I just can't shut up about how bloody fucking awful so many of them are. With the exception of Joan Walsh, who's fantastic, and a select few others, Salon's roster of largely catty, misguided women are a discredit not just to anybody who spends most of his or her day tapping fingers against a keyboard in the name of putting words to virtual paper, but occasionally, to the female sex itself.
Yeah, Heather Havrilesky and Stephanie Zacharek take crap writing whole to new levels, but at least they don't play the neo-feminist role and attempt to in some way interpret the world through the lens of, and subsequently speak for, all womanhood. They're just reviewing TV shows and movies. Badly, sure, but it's still pretty cut and dry. Then there's Mary Elizabeth Williams, and now Martha Nochimson. Williams I've commented on before, not really ripping her to shreds, just calling her defense of Sarah Palin's indignation in the wake of the "Family Guy Incident" a little silly.
But Nochimson. Oh, dear Lord.
I could spend a ton of time systematically taking apart her almost mind-bogglingly ridiculous and insulting piece on Kathryn Bigelow in today's Salon -- the one which calls Bigelow "the 'Transvestite of Directors'" and proceeds to slam her work in The Hurt Locker as being simply what a female auteur has to do to get noticed by the Hollywood boy's club -- but thankfully, at last count 70-something pissed off commenters had done the heavy lifting for me.
Seriously, read this horseshit, and try not to laugh and/or close your laptop and walk away before you feel the need to set something on fire.
Salon: "Kathryn Bigelow: Feminist Pioneer or Tough Guy in Drag" by Martha Nochimson/2.24.10
By the way, one of the aforementioned commenters asked if this sort of thing is done purposely by Salon: Some moron writes something completely over-the-top and sure to draw fire to increase page views and pad out the comment section. It's certainly possible, no doubt about that.