Ritchey on Barbara Ehrenreich's latest:
"She perceives all this nauseating infantilizing productry as containing the inherent message that “femininity is death.” At one point she’s also given a tote bag distributed to breast cancer patients that contained perfumed body cream, a hot pink satin pillowcase, a tin of candy, three bracelets, a pink journal and a box of crayons.
" Possibly the idea was that regression to a state of childlike dependency puts one in the best frame of mind for enduring the prolonged and toxic treatments. Or it may be that, in some versions of the prevailing gender ideology, femininity is by its nature incompatible with full adulthood–a state of arrested development. Certainly men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not receive gifts of Matchbox cars.""Posted by jessica hopper at December 7, 2010 02:10 AM | TrackBack