I think my colleague Hannah Rosin raises a lot of good points about women's progress and especially the radical decline of working class men's social and economic power. But I find her puzzlement over the persistent idea of the patriarchy to be itself a bit puzzling.
Did you know that women are CEOs of zero of the top ten companies on the Fortune 500 list?
Or that over 80 percent of the richest people in America are men?
Or that there seem to be only two publicly traded companies in the whole country where women are a majority of the board?
When I was tweeting about this yesterday, Ross Douthat asked me to consider the possibility that there are reasons for this other than discrimination. And I'm happy to entertain that hypothesis. But whatever you think the cause of men's utter domination of the commanding heights of the American economy is, the domination is a fact of life. Men are controlling all the big companies and the big pools of money in this country. That's your patriarchy right there. If you look around at whose running the show in the American economy it's a bunch of men. And I find it hard to believe that doesn't matter.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here
I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.