Anyway, the female staffers at The Daily Show -- who represent 40% of the people employed there -- wrote what seems to me to be a fairly reasonable response. The Jezebel writer harrumphed that if they really feel that way, they should have responded to her request for interviews, as if they're under some kind of obligation to talk to any shithead who pesters them lest they be accused of sexism. But even more hilarious is the perpetually clueless Amanda Marcotte's reaction to the response via Twitter:
Wait, did they really dig out the hairdressers and make-up artists and make them do this? Pathetic.
Which is, you know, pretty much the most sexist possible reaction to the response, implying that the opinion of all the female writers, correspondents, producers, assistants, tech people, and accountants are worthless and that the women on the show must be make-up artists and hairdressers. (Only one person signing the document fit that job description.) And were forced to sign the response.
And, to make it even better, Marcotte goes on to recommend this piece at Jezebel, which is a video clip of the sexist pickup lines used on Mad Men, and a recommendation -- from the author of the post -- that people should emulate Don Draper instead, as if Don Draper were not an anti-Semitic, alcoholic, neurotic, identity-stealing, nakedly ambitious serial lecher who treats his wife and kids like crap and punches women in the vagina. (But he's so HANDSOME! And CHARMING!)
Although I've been an advocate of women's equality, and an opponent of sexism, for a long time, I've never really been comfortable identifying myself as a feminist. I figured it was up to women to grant me or not grant me that title. But, Christ, if this is what passes for it these days, I wouldn't take it if it came with a monthly stipend. This doesn't have anything to do with liberation, or equality, or justice: it's just another species of upper-middle-class neurotic whining combined with boosterism disguised as advocacy.