By now, youve probably heard about Susan Estrichs efforts to force the Los Angeles Times to publish more op-eds written by women (chiefly herself). Ive posted on this subject here and theres more here. Anne Applebaum has reluctantly added her voice to the debate. The concluding paragraph:
In the paragraph I have remaining (this, girls, is truly the hardest thing about newspaper columns: making the idea fit the space) Im not going to discuss the thorny question of whether some affirmative action policies do some good, of whether newspapers matter anymore anyway, or even return to the subject of Sinn Fein. Those are complex, gender-neutral issues, and Ive now used up my allotted weekly slot on a "womens issue" instead. Happy, Susan Estrich?
Enough said. Applebaum is rapidly becoming my favorite WaPo columnist.