Takin off my coat, clearin my throat...

Good day to get started. Just finished copy-editing my book and I'm looking forward to moving on to other writing projects.

Anyway, I guess now is as good a time as any to wade into this overhyped Obama/Clinton feud. First we've got a unfortunate beatdown administered to Gloria Steinem by Melissa Harris-Lacewell.

           

When I read Steinem's piece, the stupid dichotomy of it pissed me off. But the more I read, the more I got the sense that it was just more half-baked than malicious. It's not like there's no point to be made about gender, but her argument is presented in either/or black/white terms. She really needed an editor. Anyway after awhile, I wished Lacewell had pulled back, as I don't think Steinem was the enemy. Old girl was having none of that though...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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