Matthew O'Brien in The Atlantic on sexism against Janet Yellen at the Fed: Though she is wholly qualified, Yellen may not be named Ben Bernanke's successor at the Federal Reserve because she lacks the "gravitas" to manage a crisis, a term that O'Brien sees as unabashed sexism. "It's the implicit idea that leadership is shouting down your opponents, and that the markets need an alpha male to tame them," he writes. "And it's [BS] that ignores the most relevant point: Yellen was at the Fed during the crisis. She knows what to do." Jonathan Chait of New York magazine writes "Read [O'Brien] on the sexist campaign against Janet Yellen. It's outrageous." And Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, tweets that O'Brien's "coverage of #Fed story has been marvelous."
Susan Jacoby in The New York Times on Anthony Weiner's other women: Jacoby directs her questions not at the embattled mayoral candidate or his wife Huma, but at the "hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women [who] apparently derive gratification from exchanging sexual talk and pictures with strangers." While Weiner gets all the flack for his online escapades, Jacoby wonders why women on the other end go along with his pervy advances, particularly in light of the modern feminist movement. "A willingness to engage in Internet sex with strangers, however, expresses not sexual empowerment but its opposite — a loneliness and low opinion of oneself," she writes. Jacoby is one of several columnists "cloaking their concern trolling in feminist rhetoric," writes Irin Carmon, a national reporter for MSNBC. "Interesting POV but it's Weiner who is running for public office, not the women," tweets law professor and political author Penny Collenette.