Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd
Some opinion columnists generate buzz because they make important arguments, others because they have fabulous red hair and shapely legs. Or so one would gather from the photo of the columnist Maureen Dowd that appeared recently in the New York Times Magazine along with an excerpt from her new book, Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Clad in black fishnet stockings and blood-red heels, Dowd lounges atop a barstool, a sultry look on her face. She stares out at us as a new type, the celebrity columnist—dressed by stylists, pomaded by make-up artists, posed by fashion photographers, and tended, no doubt, by an entourage of public-relations flunkies.
About the Author
Kay S. Hymowitz, a contributing editor of City Journal, writes frequently for COMMENTARY on social and cultural issues.