Last May, the ladies of Slate magazine banished themselves to the virtual menstrual lodge known as Double X. Their goal with the left-leaning feminist spin-off was to “set the agenda for what women are thinking and talking about,” presumably without gumming up Slate with too many girl cooties.
As it turns out, launching a national conversation on the feminist implications of stripper memoirs, polyamory, Sonia Sotomayor, and Octomom makes decent blog fodder, but it isn’t exactly great for business. After less than nine months, the Slate mother ship has returned to carry the women of Double X home.
Hopefully the guys at Slate have had their cootie shots.
So what does this mean for the smart, witty, and humble NewsReal blogger assigned to cover the Double X beat? Fortunately, the Double X gang will still use the XX Factor blog to serve up a daily smorgasbord of vaguely contrarian reactions to the latest news on gray market sperm donations, Twilight, and fake orgasms. (Those are three separate topics, by the way.) Undoubtedly the tiresome attacks on all things Sarah Palin will continue as well.
Hey, an agenda of bashing conservative women (and their children) in the name of feminism might not turn a sizable profit, but since when has that made a difference?
The XX Factor blog proudly displays the tagline “what women really think” on every page. And yet, there’s just one regular contributor, Rachael Larimore, who identifies as Republican. (She was also the only Slate staff member to vote for John McCain in 2008.)
As Jonah Goldberg noted on Slate’s tenth anniversary, “Slate’s got many fine qualities, but it’s just not nearly as contrarian as it thinks.” Clearly he’s right. So couldn’t Slate’s editors burnish their contrarian bona fides by embracing the bold idea that conservative chicks know “what women really think” too?
Nah, that’s just crazy talk.