American females live in the freest and fairest society that has ever existed for our sex, but modern liberal feminism is dedicated to painting contemporary U.S. culture as a nightmare of misogyny. Many media feminists spent last week offering their outrage over the tremendous scourge of men interrupting women mid-sentence.
Can you believe it?
It is almost as though Hillary Clinton's candidacy was one long and beautiful sentence, interrupted callously by the misogynistic patriarch our twisted society enabled.
In all seriousness, that feminists devoted so much enthusiasm to rallying around Kamala Harris (or Elizabeth Warren), a United States senator and the former California attorney general, because she was interrupted not once, but twice, by a male colleague in so many days tells you where the movement's priorities are. In an article published in its Business section, the New York Times compared treatment of Harris to a joke former Uber board member David Bonderman made at a meeting on Tuesday, quipping that adding more women to the board would result in "more talking."
Someone must pay the counseling bills of the poor women subjected to the trauma of a man making a bad joke, considering how fragile and ill-equipped we are to cope with such cutting rhetoric.
Back to the New York Times. In an article headlined, "The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women," author Susan Chira wrote, "The twin spectacles Tuesday — an Uber board member's wisecrack about women talking too much, and Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, being interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues — triggered an outpouring of recognition and what has become almost ritual social-media outrage."
"Academic studies and countless anecdotes," Chira continued, "make it clear that being interrupted, talked over, shut down or penalized for speaking out is nearly a universal experience for women when they are outnumbered by men."
Our suffering knows no bounds. The worse part is that most corporate sexists don't even look remotely like Don Draper. How can we be expected to close the pay gap when we can't even finish our sentences?
There is much to say about the Times article, which strings together anecdotes sourced from Facebook commenters recounting their experiences being interrupted in professional settings. And those are what bring me to my point — I do not question that working women experience sexism. They do. Look no further than Uber's sexual harassment scandal for proof.
I question, however, that feminists spend so much time stewing in decadent lathers of hyperbole about their own suffering at the hands of jokes and interrupted sentences, conditioning women to see themselves not as empowered and successful professionals, but as disempowered victims. This is especially frustrating when one juxtaposes the "suffering" experienced by American women with the violence and repression experienced by women in less privileged parts of the world, especially the Middle East.
There is absolutely room for us working American women to call out sexism when we see it. But carrying on as though the experience of being interrupted by a man, or enduring their poor attempts at comedy, constitutes an insurmountable obstacle to sexual equality is ridiculous. It also makes it more difficult for feminists to be taken seriously when they have legitimate points to make about corporate culture, such as the case regarding the sexual harassment allegations at Uber.
During a panel discussion last month, Camille Paglia offered a fresh explanation for progressivism's outrage culture, pointing to the academic Left's failure to adequately acknowledge and teach world history. "These young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind....no sense of the violence and the barbarities of history… They now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America….They've never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity, they know nothing," Paglia said. She was talking about the millennial generation, but I think the explanation applies accurately to modern feminism as well.
Going forward, one of the contemporary women's movement's many challenges is learning to act and react in proportion.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.