Jesse Bering Decides To Suck The Poison Out Of His Life, Cady Heron Style

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Last week, Jesse Bering took a swipe at our commenters, dismissing them as the Regina Georges of the internet. In response, they posted 382 funny and/or thoughtful comments, and Jesse Bering, impressed, decided to apologize.


Jesse admits he was not expecting the response his article received (perhaps another clue that he doesn't read the site very often) and that he based his catty bitches reference on the fact that one of his articles for Scientific American was ripped apart by Dodai last month. It's a bit of a backhanded apology, as he does call you all humorless and refers to Dodai as "serpent-tongued," but in the end, he seems to genuinely like you guys, kinda sorta.

"Perhaps-just perhaps-I made a slight gaffe in directing readers to the Web site in order to illustrate social aggression in reproductive aged females. It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek rub at that Web site, I must admit, precipitated by a rather nasty editorial there on an earlier article of mine. But I didn't anticipate a humorless mob of "Jezebelers" commenting angrily in defense of their own tight-knit online community.

Until now, my only experience with Jezebel reflected exactly such maliciousness and cruelty-courtesy of the particularly vituperative and serpent-tongued editor who wrote the aforementioned piece about me. Having now read through some of the commentary threads on, however, there is indeed a certain wit and clever sensibility permeating there that has gained my newfound respect. I apologize for painting the women (and men) of Jezebel with too broad a brush. I admire the site's incisively liberal bent; as a science writer with my own biases in this direction and one with little patience for bigotry, I suspect we're on the same page.

It's okay, Jesse. We're cool. Just be sure to wear pink on Wednesdays, and all will be forgiven.

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Erda, (not yet) reformed Night Owl

What I thought was the most interesting part of the article was this:

"I'd like to point out, though, that for a blog site that wishes to portray itself as the mature, sophisticated, sensitive, sexually egalitarian and supportive environment for women that many of the commentators are convinced it is, Jezebel was an interesting choice of namesake. The Cambridge Dictionary defines 'jezebel' as an 'immoral woman who deceives people in order to get what she wants.' And lest we not forget its historical countenance, the Easton's Bible reminds us that, 'Jezebel has stamped her name on history as the representative of all that is designing, crafty, malicious, revengeful and cruel.'"

For someone as sophisticated and high-brow as this guy seems to think he is, you'd think he'd heard of the term reclaiming before. To me, it makes perfect sense that a site like Jez would name itself after a character who was criticized for being too sexually-forward and manipulative as, you know, perhaps question whether this word should really be a pejorative when the qualities associated with it are fine - some of them encouraged - in men? Maybe it's making a statement that there are worse things women can be than persuasive and openly-sexual - like, perhaps, the giggling doormats this man seems to think we should be?

But I'm just a humorless feminist, what do I know?