a brief note on this Katie Roiphe business
If you’re not one to travel in feminist blogs, you may not have heard that there was some controversy over this post in Double X by Katie Roiphe, in which she talks about how ecstatic and intense her feelings are regarding having her first child (no problem), and attacks feminism as somehow hostile to mother-infant love (problem). This has resulted in a lot of critical comments, and this sharp rebuttal from Shapely Prose.
I won’t try to come up with a new argument about Roiphe’s piece. I just want to underscore what’s a bit understated in the post from Shapely Prose: it’s irresponsible, and more, just kind of weird, for Roiphe to claim that feminism “won’t admit the pleasure of infants” without quoting a single feminist or naming a single feminist work that makes such a claim. I don’t like it, as a matter of principle, that she made a claim about feminism generally without naming any specifics. But more I just find it kind of strange.