A special Broadsheet farewell ...

Or kiss-off. Depends what kind of mood you're in.


Rebecca Traister
November 14, 2006 9:37PM (UTC)

Today is a big day. Today is the day that New York Times columnist and Broadsheet bête noire John Tierney has announced that he will be leaving the New York Times Op-Ed page and, in his words, "returning full time to the subject and the city closest to my heart: science and New York. I'll be writing a column and a blog for the Science Times section."

That's so funny that science is the subject closest to his heart. I totally thought it was how unfairly men are treated at the hands of educated, moneymaking, unmarriageable women. Well, I'm sure he can busy himself finding some scientific studies to back up all those claims, anyway.

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So for our big send-off, a trip down memory lane: the wit and wisdom of Broadsheet's favorite pest from the last year.

Jan. 3, 2006: The successes of feminism have allowed women so much educational and financial success that they'll have a hard time finding husbands. "You could think of this as a victory for women's rights, but many of the victors will end up celebrating alone."

Jan. 10, 2006: Should men have greater say in women's decisions about abortion? "I'd rather stick with the current system, unfair as it is." But worth writing a column about nonetheless, just to hammer home the point that the whole abortion thing really sucks for ... guys.

March 1, 2006: "What makes a woman happy with her marriage?" When her husband brings in two-thirds of the family income. Leaving her economically dependent on him.

March 28, 2006: Do American boys need an affirmative action program of their own to help them get into college? No. But all those silly programs for girls that Tierney sneeringly lists, including ones that "encourage African and Slavic girls and women in Oregon to pursue careers in science," help "women in West Virginia overcome 'traditional, outdated 19th-century attitudes' by pursuing jobs in blue-collar trades" and "motivate women at the Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y., to study math" Well, those are all "noble" distractions from the real problem in the education system -- "the shortage of men."

Believe us when we say that Broadsheet will be more than a little bereft (of material) without you, John. But hey, at least we'll still have David Brooks to kick around.

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TTFN, Tierney.


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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