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Mar 31, 2008

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Only a handful of the comments you quote (like "schoolgirl" and "honey") reflect misogyny. The rest simply express dissaproval of Lithwick's views.

There's nothing wrong with that dissaproval. Lithwick is hired to write an entertaining column -- and she does. She also clearly pushes a pretty far left view, rather than a neutral or conservative one. That means that when there's a choice between scoring an easy joke/point for the liberal side, and giving an accurate, fair analysis, she often opts for the former. For instance, the Volokh Conspiracy post to which you link catches her in flat-out ridiculousness. (People might differ in how to come out on 2nd Amendment issues. But it's either flat-out dishonest or extremely uninformed to pretend that there are no good originalist arguments on the pro-gun side.)

I'm a liberal, as well a pretty experienced lawyer and Supreme Court observer. When I read Lithwick, the liberal in me usually says "right on!" But the lawyer in me recognizes that she's frequently wrong on the law, and she often misrepresents conservative viewpoints (as well as the reasoning and authority behind those viewpoints). I don't think she's necessarily any worse than other popular-press writers with an agenda. (Jeffrey Rosen has certainly written some stupid things.) But it's unfair to dismiss criticism of Lithwick as misogyny without paying attention to the serious shortcomings in her work.

Carolyn Elefant

I follow the frequent criticisms of Lithwick and I'm not sure whether they're sexist or simply the whinings of a bunch of jealous academics who themselves would love a paid gig in national publication.

Carolyn Elefant

I follow the frequent criticisms of Lithwick and I'm not sure whether they're sexist or simply the whinings of a bunch of jealous academics who themselves would love a paid gig in national publication.

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