Drunken Feminists?

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By Patrick Appel
Alex Morris's article on women allegedly drinking more because of Second Wave feminism earns her the ire of Kerry Howley:

First and most obviously, the entire piece treats the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) as some kind of objective brain trust, filled with people thinking new and Important Thoughts on the relative merits of those substances called “drugs.” But CASA is a prohibitionist organizaton.

When CASA publishes gems such as “Non-medical Marijuana: Rite of Passage or Russian Roulette?”, nobody cracks open the report wondering “Gosh, I wonder what they decided?” This is an organization that compares the smoking of a joint to a game with a 17 percent chance of death, and proceeds to deem this comparison worthy not of a mere footnote but of a report title.

Howley continues:

I’ve always felt that people were more willing to grant the concept of life stages for men than for women; that dude crumpled over in the frat house is just going through his few years of drunken stupification; but the 24-year-old woman in an LES apartment who’s had a few too many Martinis– well, she’s ruined.

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