• Tue, Feb 26 2013

New York Times’ Maureen Dowd Would Prefer Not To ‘Lean In’

dowd_new-articleinlineMaureen Dowd is throwing some next level, New York Times type of shade Sheryl Sandberg’s way. In her latest op-ed, titled “Pompom Girl For Feminism” or “Snark Snark Snark Snark,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist sinks her teeth into Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and I swear you can feel her rolling her eyes. Dowd says that Sandberg’s brand of corporate feminism leaves her “leaning out;” according to the columnist, Sandberg is “using social idealism for the purpose of marketing.” If life were a Shania Twain music video, Dowd would be wearing a full cheetah-print outfit and hitchhiking in the desert: so you’re a female business titan in a country where the glass ceiling is still very much intact — that don’t impress(uh) Maureen Down much.

While you should read Dowd’s entire New York Times article to get the full, snide effect, here are some of the cattiest nuggets:

One of her friends from her Harvard days told Vogue that the brainy, beautiful, charming, stylish, happily married 43-year-old mother of two, one of the world’s richest self-made women, has an “infectious insistence.” (She would have to, having founded Harvard’s aerobics program in the ’80s, wearing blue eye shadow and leg warmers.)

She has a grandiose plan to become the PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots reigniting the women’s revolution — Betty Friedan for the digital age

She seems to think she can remedy social paradigms with a new kind of club — a combo gabfest, Oprah session and corporate pep talk. (Where’s the yoga?)

(Not everyone has Larry Page and Sergey Brin volunteering to baby-sit, and Zuckerberg offering a shoulder to cry on.)

Just because digital technology makes connecting possible doesn’t mean you’re actually reaching people.

But she doesn’t understand the difference between a social movement and a social network marketing campaign.

Oooh, gurl; someone better get Sandberg some aloe vera so that she can tend to those burnnnns.

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  • Lastango

    This world-class rationalization is my favorite bit in Colette McIntyre’s piece:

    “Instead of thoughtfully critiquing Sandberg’s message, Dowd took a page straight out of The Guy’s Guide to Undermining Powerful Women Who Threaten You and attacked the COO’s character.”

    Yup — if soft-focus feminists are scratching each other’s eyes out, that must at some level be some unknown, prototypical guy’s fault. Solidarity forever!