Everywhere you look these days, someone is making a case for why the latest economic shake up could be a tremendous gift in the long run. No one is pushing that point of view more enthusiastically than feminists, who see a great opportunity for gender equality in these uncertain economic times. The big boys have been humbled and the women emboldened by the financial meltdown. In fact, a new report by the National Council for Research on Women argues that the economic crisis was caused by a perfect storm of things, but was in part, a result of masculinity run amuck.
As controversial as this claim sounds, itâ€™s been made in the most mainstream of places — including in the New York Times, where Nicholas Kristof wondered if we might all be better off if it were â€œLehman Brothers and Sisters.â€ Barnard College president Deborah Spar even went so far as to call it a â€œone gender crashâ€ in the Washington Post.
Courtney E. Martin | AlterNet