By Emily Landgraf
Recently, Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift paid a visit to Rider. While here, she visited a global studies class with a link-up to Kufa University in Najaf, Iraq. Unfortunately, the link failed on that day, so the professor opened the doors for discussion on what makes a civil society — which in turn opened the door for Clift to blatantly insult the majority of the female students who attend Rider in a Politics Daily article published on Nov. 2.
Firstly, I take issue with the title of Clift’s piece: “ Feminist Blacklash? College Women Want to Be Treated Like Princesses .” Let’s get something straight here: Several women in this class said that they appreciated the way Iraqi men put women up on a pedestal. Only one woman said she liked to be treated like a princess. I understand that Clift is a pundit and that she needs to form opinions to make a living, but she really should not have lumped all Rider women, all college women, together with that one female student.
Secondly, it seems as though Clift is asserting that men should not treat women courteously on a date. Yes, going Dutch is a wonderful option for college students since none of us have any money. However, if the guy wants to pick up the tab, let him. And if he’s the one who asked the woman out, common courtesy dictates that he pay for the date.
Thirdly, not every woman is Clift’s kind of feminist. Not all women want to hold top-paying jobs in their field. Some women really do just want to get married, have children and take care of their families. To those women who fought the feminist movement, I thank you. I am not a woman who would be perfectly content with cooking, cleaning and childrearing. However, you did not fight for women’s rights only for women like me.
Clift ends the article with the words, “I thought of these students during Saturday’s rally on the National Mall to ‘Restore Sanity and/or Fear,’ when I saw a sign that said, ‘Palin, O’Donnell, Bachmann — For this I burned my bra?’” Scoffing at a woman for not wanting exactly what you want is disrespectful and insulting. Yes, you burned your bras so that women would have a choice.