Thursday, October 1, 2009

Off-topic: Even when they do a worthwhile post, they just can't help finding trivial sexism

From Feminist Law Professors: they just can't help trivialzing the very important subject they are commenting on by making sure they find a petty "sexist" thing to kvetch about:

Did Texas execute an innocent man?September 1st, 2009

Read
this chilling New Yorker article about Cameron Todd Willingham to understand why this is a very real possibility. I do have to quibble with the description by one expert of a very questionable theory about arson propounded by two male investigators as “old wives’ tale.” Why is it that gratuitously referencing an “old wife” as the source an incorrect belief is supposed to make falling for it seem especially stupid?

It’s still a very powerful story, though.

–Ann Bartow