We often discuss girl-on-girl crime in these parts, which is to say that we condemn baseless bad-mouthing of a woman based on her appearance or her gender. But what we don't always point out is the idea that well-argued criticism is not the same as crime. This is not a motherfucking kumbaya circle, people. Which is why I have no problem with what Slate describes as the "torrent of abuse, contempt, and sheer loathing" that is being directed towards Cherie Blair for her apparently abhorrent memoir, Speaking for Myself. What does bug me is that Slate scribe Geoffrey Wheatcroft feels the need to point out that "as with the deadliest assaults on Hillary Clinton, which came from female stiletto heels, the most brutal denunciations of Cherie were from women." Immediately after, he quotes a Daily Mail critic. Come on: That's like saying the worst insults on Clinton came from a female Fox News anchor! Women need to be able to critique other women without it being described as some alpha female cat fight based on jealousy or other, free-floating insecurity.
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