In her recent reivew of Susan faludi’s “The Terror Dream,” Michiko Kakutani writes
This, sadly, is the sort of tendentious, self-important, sloppily reasoned book that gives feminism a bad name.
We (Jender) blogged about the Faludi book a while back, and the point here is not whether, as the present review points out, there are counter-examples to Faludi’s generalizations, but rather the opening sentence of the review.
If there were a class in how to write bad reviews, it could start with “Announcing your bias in the first sentence,” and use Kakutani’s sentence as an excellent example. It implies:
1. Feminisim has a bad name
2. There’s something like a whole genre (“sort”) of tendentious, self-important and sloppy feminist books.
Really? Thanks to the efforts of so many people, the first may be true in some (large?) circles. But don’t we need some evidence for the second? Dare one suggest that MK is the sort of reviewer who gives journalism a bad name when she writes tendentious, self-important and sloppy comments like this?