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In other words, women aren’t as enthusiastic on average about doing unpaid work for newspapers by carefully crafting good letters-to-the-editor as men are. Solution: we at @NYTopinion must use our Megaphone to badger women into doing more free labor for us.

 
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  1. Attention unemployed female listicle-compilers! Have we got some resume-enhancing volunteer work for you! With the added bonus of YOUR NAME IN PRINT like you’ve gotten used to over the last two years!

  2. Maybe, they should just run more “Dear Abby.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    Apropos absolutely nothing but "Dear Abby", here is John Prine for tonight:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJVFY_LX9Ik

    "Unhappy, Unhappy, you have no complaint.
    You are what you are, and you ain't what you ain't,
    so listen up Buster, and listen up good,
    stop wishin' for bad luck and knockin' on wood."
  3. Anon[997] • Disclaimer says:

    Letters to the editor these days, as I understand it, are a booby prize offered to people whose opinion pieces are rejected, as well as a place for established local community activist organizations to chime in. Other than that I don’t think there are so many people who will work on spec writing something that probably will never see the light of day. Comments at Unz, however, are instance gratification!

    • Replies: @Anon7
    Having your letters to the editor published in a prestigious publication like the New York Times was once a treasured accomplishment for academics. It enhanced your career as well as your retirement. Before neckbeards dominated Wikipedia from their parent's basement, retired full professors would spend all day writing arcane three paragraph letters. Having faxed them in, the wait for acknowledgement began!
    , @Mikhail
    Pre-internet, a NYT letter to the editor had considerable reach. Back then, NYT letters typically ran over 150 words - sometimes in the 300-500 word range.

    This all started to change around the late 1990s.
  4. Attention unemployed female listicle-compilers!

    Asking a female subordinate to compile your listicles can put you into #MeToo territory.

    Which reminds me, was Freddie or Flossie the third twin?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    Early in American Renaissance's run, a reader wrote that he'd like to see them publish more letters, as those were his favorite section.

    He replied that they already published every one they received.
  5. @Reg Cæsar

    Attention unemployed female listicle-compilers!
     
    Asking a female subordinate to compile your listicles can put you into #MeToo territory.


    Which reminds me, was Freddie or Flossie the third twin?

    Early in American Renaissance’s run, a reader wrote that he’d like to see them publish more letters, as those were his favorite section.

    He replied that they already published every one they received.

  6. Solution: we at @NYTopinion must use our Megaphone to badger women into doing more free labor for us.

    Nah, we all know what the NY Times editors’ solution will be to meet their 1-year plan. I’m sure they get hundreds, if not thousands, of letters everyday, so they can just bump some of their erstwhile favorite letters signed with men’s names and print more with women’s names, so long at the don’t read as conservative, of course, as that’s emotionally threatening.

    Come to think of it, in this day-and-age, it’s not very politically correct to assume that a letter signed with a man’s name comes from a man. What is a man’s name after all? It’s just a social construct. Let’s deconstruct it. Come on, NY Times, you’re better than this. Probably your best bet is to assume that the letters are ALREADY 50/50 thinks-he’s-a-man/thinks-she’s a woman, as that would match what should be happening, as we are all equal.

  7. @songbird
    Maybe, they should just run more "Dear Abby."

    Apropos absolutely nothing but “Dear Abby”, here is John Prine for tonight:

    “Unhappy, Unhappy, you have no complaint.
    You are what you are, and you ain’t what you ain’t,
    so listen up Buster, and listen up good,
    stop wishin’ for bad luck and knockin’ on wood.”

    • LOL: songbird
  8. What would Jussie do is the question I would ask (of the NYT editorial board). What would Jussie do? Being a black enunciation, I would ask it repeatedly: What would Jussie do? What would Jussie do? What would Jussie do? What would Jussie do?

    As an aside I think we need (much) fewer letters to the editor from the female sex, not more.

  9. Author Jane Smiley’s hobby was writing NYT letters to the editor.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2004/07/smiley-s-letters.html

    Don’t know if she still does it.

    Justice Duvall

  10. The problem is that women want to embed cat videos in everything.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  11. Didn’t they just fire all the HuffPost editor chicks? Maybe there’s a writer in there somewhere:

    • Replies: @donut
    I'm expecting to see this photo in one of those "10 seconds before disaster" videos on youtube soon .
    , @The Alarmist
    There have to be a couple coders in there.
  12. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Tech hoodoo guru Don Lancaster used to maintain that letters to the editor were something one should NEVER do, becuse you don’t get paid for them, but worse, getting your name published that way marked you as someone on the outside looking in whereas an article or book made you on the inside looking out.

    There is something to that.

  13. Egads!

    Did you know that 19/20 power tool consumers are men? We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. Because at the end of the day female empowerment is the responsibility of men (h/t Dalrock).

    Think of the children!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    If you call a Hitachi a power tool then the ratio evens out considerably.
    , @Escher
    Thankfully no one talks about the overwhelming dominance of women among the buyers of lipstick and eye shadow, although I am sure the PTB are trying their hardest to normalize that among men.
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    "We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. "

    Isn't this already a porn genre?
  14. Johnny Keats suggests that dames
    write scathing Ms. missives to the editor ala
    Belles-Lettres de La Belle Dame sans Merci.

    (I’m sure his French sux, though mine is non-existent)

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44475/la-belle-dame-sans-merci-a-ballad

  15. @Moses
    Egads!

    Did you know that 19/20 power tool consumers are men? We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. Because at the end of the day female empowerment is the responsibility of men (h/t Dalrock).

    Think of the children!

    If you call a Hitachi a power tool then the ratio evens out considerably.

  16. I remember a gun magazine editor state that in all his years he had never received a letter from a woman. Must be like being an editor to a home machinist magazine; Man, where are all the chick readers?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I used to subscribe to Home Shop Machinist and I do not recall any letters in there from women, but Guns & Ammo got one occasionally, as I recall.

    However:
    http://quinndunki.com/blondihacks/?p=4610
  17. We’ll report back on our progress in one year.

    Translation: Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

  18. @Moses
    Egads!

    Did you know that 19/20 power tool consumers are men? We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. Because at the end of the day female empowerment is the responsibility of men (h/t Dalrock).

    Think of the children!

    Thankfully no one talks about the overwhelming dominance of women among the buyers of lipstick and eye shadow, although I am sure the PTB are trying their hardest to normalize that among men.

  19. We’re committing ourselves to work toward fixing that problem

    Why not just impose a quota?

    Letters to Editor to be published:

    – 40% Diversity Americans
    – 35% White women
    – 25% White men (diversity goal: soft cap at 15% White-Christian men)

    (The Women > Men ratio to redress historical oppression.)

    It’s so simple.

  20. @Moses
    Egads!

    Did you know that 19/20 power tool consumers are men? We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. Because at the end of the day female empowerment is the responsibility of men (h/t Dalrock).

    Think of the children!

    “We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. ”

    Isn’t this already a porn genre?

    • Replies: @Cortes
    It’s the future of American energy independence...

    “Drill, Baby! Drill!”
  21. All the fun of writing for free (like this) is the back and forth. Arguing is fun. Plus you are anonymous so if you really get shellacked, or screw up a fact, or misspell something, not a big deal. Why would you write a letter to the editor? I can’t see any advantages.

  22. @Joe Stalin
    I remember a gun magazine editor state that in all his years he had never received a letter from a woman. Must be like being an editor to a home machinist magazine; Man, where are all the chick readers?

    I used to subscribe to Home Shop Machinist and I do not recall any letters in there from women, but Guns & Ammo got one occasionally, as I recall.

    However:
    http://quinndunki.com/blondihacks/?p=4610

  23. @Anon
    Letters to the editor these days, as I understand it, are a booby prize offered to people whose opinion pieces are rejected, as well as a place for established local community activist organizations to chime in. Other than that I don't think there are so many people who will work on spec writing something that probably will never see the light of day. Comments at Unz, however, are instance gratification!

    Having your letters to the editor published in a prestigious publication like the New York Times was once a treasured accomplishment for academics. It enhanced your career as well as your retirement. Before neckbeards dominated Wikipedia from their parent’s basement, retired full professors would spend all day writing arcane three paragraph letters. Having faxed them in, the wait for acknowledgement began!

    • LOL: AndrewR
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I knew a professor of sociology who'd place several dozen letters per year in the New York Times.
  24. @MikeatMikedotMike
    "We must badger women endlessly about using power tools! And badger men about helping women use power tools. "

    Isn't this already a porn genre?

    It’s the future of American energy independence…

    “Drill, Baby! Drill!”

    • Replies: @Random Smartaleck

    “Drill, Baby! Drill!”
     
    a.k.a. PoundMeToo
  25. @Anon7
    Having your letters to the editor published in a prestigious publication like the New York Times was once a treasured accomplishment for academics. It enhanced your career as well as your retirement. Before neckbeards dominated Wikipedia from their parent's basement, retired full professors would spend all day writing arcane three paragraph letters. Having faxed them in, the wait for acknowledgement began!

    I knew a professor of sociology who’d place several dozen letters per year in the New York Times.

  26. That was my father-in-law’s favorite pastime. He was a retired economics professor, and on his frequent visits to my wife and I (he was a wonderful house guest, always offering to take us out to eat), he would get at least one letter published every time. I think he liked showing off.

    Having letters to the editor published also tends to increase the possibility of getting that best of all possible send-offs, a full obituary with picture in the New York Times. And yes, he nailed it.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    my wife and me
    , @Desiderius
    That was Punch’s paper.

    Now regressor-past-the-mean Pinch has wreaked his considerable havoc and those days are no more.

    Wonder who Punch’s first sweetheart was. Tragic that it evidently didn’t work out.
  27. @Jim Christian
    Didn't they just fire all the HuffPost editor chicks? Maybe there's a writer in there somewhere:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70686965e90d0bb7c217a39cbfd1d420ecac8da55e7fb7c14353eddad2834958.jpg?w=800&h=450

    I’m expecting to see this photo in one of those “10 seconds before disaster” videos on youtube soon .

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    Well, Donut, these are the tip-top of modern Feminism, Inc. internet journalism. Huffingtom Post pared back that entire room, all those chicks are unemployed as of a month or so ago. The hilarious part of this deal is they were on some teleconference extolling the values of diversity. Look at them. Diversity? What diversity? A room full of White chicks, two categories within the group, Jewesses and the couple of Asian chicks, Super Femmes. All the privilege of a White Feminist, with the additional juice of wearing a Race/Victim badge. As a group however, they manage to ignore what is obvious in the room and preach to the rest of us. The sheer hypocrisy is breathtaking. Their internet resumes now that most of them are on the streets looking for work are just hilarious, their usefulness to the world, nil. I hope they find husbands, or something because most of them probably owe for their worthless degrees.

    I used to do phones, big systems, in DC, from the breakup of Bells in 83-ish to 2010 when I gave it all up for leisure. Everyone dumped their old Mad Men-style phone sets for new, improved. I traveled the entire DC Headquarters circuit, NOW, Planned Parenthood, Societies for University Women, the Unis and Colleges themselves, there were dozens of them, the entire liberal Feminist and Jewish cabal. What was inescapable, impossible NOT to notice was how blindingly WHITE it all is. At the top of the food chain, it's all White. And like the girls in the picture, the entire enterprise, nationwide preaches to us the value of diversity even while THEY make damned sure those of color remain second rate, subservient, useful but always, on the plantation. And always in a neighborhood far, far from themselves and their children. Everyone has to stay in line, too. As our two Muslim Congresswomen found out last week. But it's the same for Blacks, Hispanics and the few Muslims scattered about. The women of color notice, they chafe, but they stay on the Feminism, Inc. (some will say Jewish), plantation, always subservient to the Larval-Stage leaders of the future, the Huffington Post editorial staff and their ilk. White chicks on the way up.

    The Champions of diversity.

  28. @Anon
    Letters to the editor these days, as I understand it, are a booby prize offered to people whose opinion pieces are rejected, as well as a place for established local community activist organizations to chime in. Other than that I don't think there are so many people who will work on spec writing something that probably will never see the light of day. Comments at Unz, however, are instance gratification!

    Pre-internet, a NYT letter to the editor had considerable reach. Back then, NYT letters typically ran over 150 words – sometimes in the 300-500 word range.

    This all started to change around the late 1990s.

  29. Have they analysed the disproportionate representation of caucasians and jews among the men who do the letter-writing, and do they have an action-plan to increase the number of persons of colour and Satanists among those published?

  30. @Jim Christian
    Didn't they just fire all the HuffPost editor chicks? Maybe there's a writer in there somewhere:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70686965e90d0bb7c217a39cbfd1d420ecac8da55e7fb7c14353eddad2834958.jpg?w=800&h=450

    There have to be a couple coders in there.

    • Replies: @Tungarian
    LOL..just LOL..There is some grain of truth to the saying that liberal women are usually not that appealing. Almost all attractive women in journalism seem to be on the right!! I believe this is what being a liberal does to a woman; rob her of femininity, the very essence of which makes her a woman as that would be compromising [you know men usually love feminine women and that alone makes it wrong]. We want butt-kicking women. If she can incite disgust in a man, thats GOLD for these folks.

    From that lineup, not more than 2 or 3 would make it past a 6 on a 10 scale.

    , @Jim Christian
    I don't think so. Being wrong isn't forgiven in coding. In fact, where they were, being wrong is celebrated.
  31. @donut
    I'm expecting to see this photo in one of those "10 seconds before disaster" videos on youtube soon .

    Well, Donut, these are the tip-top of modern Feminism, Inc. internet journalism. Huffingtom Post pared back that entire room, all those chicks are unemployed as of a month or so ago. The hilarious part of this deal is they were on some teleconference extolling the values of diversity. Look at them. Diversity? What diversity? A room full of White chicks, two categories within the group, Jewesses and the couple of Asian chicks, Super Femmes. All the privilege of a White Feminist, with the additional juice of wearing a Race/Victim badge. As a group however, they manage to ignore what is obvious in the room and preach to the rest of us. The sheer hypocrisy is breathtaking. Their internet resumes now that most of them are on the streets looking for work are just hilarious, their usefulness to the world, nil. I hope they find husbands, or something because most of them probably owe for their worthless degrees.

    I used to do phones, big systems, in DC, from the breakup of Bells in 83-ish to 2010 when I gave it all up for leisure. Everyone dumped their old Mad Men-style phone sets for new, improved. I traveled the entire DC Headquarters circuit, NOW, Planned Parenthood, Societies for University Women, the Unis and Colleges themselves, there were dozens of them, the entire liberal Feminist and Jewish cabal. What was inescapable, impossible NOT to notice was how blindingly WHITE it all is. At the top of the food chain, it’s all White. And like the girls in the picture, the entire enterprise, nationwide preaches to us the value of diversity even while THEY make damned sure those of color remain second rate, subservient, useful but always, on the plantation. And always in a neighborhood far, far from themselves and their children. Everyone has to stay in line, too. As our two Muslim Congresswomen found out last week. But it’s the same for Blacks, Hispanics and the few Muslims scattered about. The women of color notice, they chafe, but they stay on the Feminism, Inc. (some will say Jewish), plantation, always subservient to the Larval-Stage leaders of the future, the Huffington Post editorial staff and their ilk. White chicks on the way up.

    The Champions of diversity.

  32. @The Alarmist
    There have to be a couple coders in there.

    LOL..just LOL..There is some grain of truth to the saying that liberal women are usually not that appealing. Almost all attractive women in journalism seem to be on the right!! I believe this is what being a liberal does to a woman; rob her of femininity, the very essence of which makes her a woman as that would be compromising [you know men usually love feminine women and that alone makes it wrong]. We want butt-kicking women. If she can incite disgust in a man, thats GOLD for these folks.

    From that lineup, not more than 2 or 3 would make it past a 6 on a 10 scale.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    I don't know where Lara Logan falls on the political spectrum, but she seems to be down to earth and a reasonable facsimile of what used to be called a journalist, and she is easy on the eyes, even at almost 48:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZlVx-phlPk
  33. I don’t know what the letters to the editor in the print edition of the New York Times are like these days, but the online article comments are a totally dull snooze-fest, an amen corner of letter after letter agreeing with the “take” of any article or opinion piece. There is no back and forth, since the letters are held, before publication, for up to a day, and then released in batches of a couple of hundred.

  34. Do Tranny letters count?

  35. @The Alarmist
    There have to be a couple coders in there.

    I don’t think so. Being wrong isn’t forgiven in coding. In fact, where they were, being wrong is celebrated.

  36. A relative worked for a man who had numerous op-eds in the Times. Some times, he would submit a piece he wanted published and an editor would tell him, “We won’t run it as a column, but if you cut it down, we’ll run it as a letter.” The Times editors may feel correctly that “letters to the editor” are a developmental league for full-blown op-ed pieces. So this is a way of putting more women into the pipeline for the majors.

  37. OT: are there any decent newspapers that a reader of this blog might want to subscribe to? I considered subscribing to my local paper, but it is both embarrassingly biased and incompetent. The NYT’s defects are well documented. I’m not sure any decent papers exist.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    The Austin American-Statesman is an example of a newspaper that has lost its independence. It is now an echo of the NYT and WaPo .
  38. @Tungarian
    LOL..just LOL..There is some grain of truth to the saying that liberal women are usually not that appealing. Almost all attractive women in journalism seem to be on the right!! I believe this is what being a liberal does to a woman; rob her of femininity, the very essence of which makes her a woman as that would be compromising [you know men usually love feminine women and that alone makes it wrong]. We want butt-kicking women. If she can incite disgust in a man, thats GOLD for these folks.

    From that lineup, not more than 2 or 3 would make it past a 6 on a 10 scale.

    I don’t know where Lara Logan falls on the political spectrum, but she seems to be down to earth and a reasonable facsimile of what used to be called a journalist, and she is easy on the eyes, even at almost 48:

    • Replies: @anon
    Wherever Lara falls on the political spectrum, her taharrush experience just might have had an effect on her.


    Here she finds herself in the middle of World War Z:

    https://youtu.be/KZyo74ESr2s
  39. @Cortes
    It’s the future of American energy independence...

    “Drill, Baby! Drill!”

    “Drill, Baby! Drill!”

    a.k.a. PoundMeToo

  40. @Anon7
    That was my father-in-law's favorite pastime. He was a retired economics professor, and on his frequent visits to my wife and I (he was a wonderful house guest, always offering to take us out to eat), he would get at least one letter published every time. I think he liked showing off.

    Having letters to the editor published also tends to increase the possibility of getting that best of all possible send-offs, a full obituary with picture in the New York Times. And yes, he nailed it.

    my wife and me

  41. @Anon7
    That was my father-in-law's favorite pastime. He was a retired economics professor, and on his frequent visits to my wife and I (he was a wonderful house guest, always offering to take us out to eat), he would get at least one letter published every time. I think he liked showing off.

    Having letters to the editor published also tends to increase the possibility of getting that best of all possible send-offs, a full obituary with picture in the New York Times. And yes, he nailed it.

    That was Punch’s paper.

    Now regressor-past-the-mean Pinch has wreaked his considerable havoc and those days are no more.

    Wonder who Punch’s first sweetheart was. Tragic that it evidently didn’t work out.

  42. @The Alarmist
    I don't know where Lara Logan falls on the political spectrum, but she seems to be down to earth and a reasonable facsimile of what used to be called a journalist, and she is easy on the eyes, even at almost 48:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZlVx-phlPk

    Wherever Lara falls on the political spectrum, her taharrush experience just might have had an effect on her.

    Here she finds herself in the middle of World War Z:

  43. @a Newsreader
    OT: are there any decent newspapers that a reader of this blog might want to subscribe to? I considered subscribing to my local paper, but it is both embarrassingly biased and incompetent. The NYT's defects are well documented. I'm not sure any decent papers exist.

    The Austin American-Statesman is an example of a newspaper that has lost its independence. It is now an echo of the NYT and WaPo .

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