"In our post-ironic era, one of the things that people criticize is 'this piece is so boring, this piece is so stupid.' What they really mean by that is 'the piece made us kind of uncomfortable,' which to me is a sign of a successful little kind of polemical analysis." —The "Spanking Goes Mainstream" author defends her piece on camera.
"You know the child I am talking about: precious, wide-eyed, over-cared-for, fussy, in a beautiful sweater, or a carefully hipsterish T-shirt. Have we done him a favor by protecting him from everything, from dirt and dust and violence and sugar and boredom and egg whites and mean children who steal his plastic dinosaurs, from, in short, the everyday banging-up of the universe? The wooden toys that tastefully surround him, the all-sacrificing, well-meaning parents, with a library of books on how to make him turn out correctly — is all of it actually harming or denaturing him?" I'm a little late on this, but Katie Roiphe's essay on parenting is [...]
"And, in fact, the majority of women in the workplace are not tender creatures and are largely adept at dealing with all varieties of uncomfortable or hostile situations. Show me a smart, competent young professional woman who is utterly derailed by a verbal unwanted sexual advance or an inappropriate comment about her appearance, and I will show you a rare spotted owl." —In her controversial opinion piece "In Favor of Dirty Jokes and Risqué Remarks," Katie Roiphe makes an interesting argument about the difficulty of defining sexual harassment, and the repercussions of that fluidity. It feels awkwardly and unfortunately tacked to the Herman Cain scandal, which she [...]
Well, you should read it. You should always read the interviews in The Paris Review, they're fantastic. But especially this one, conducted by Katie Roiphe.
Later, she will write to me, "Before I try to answer your question, I want to talk about that moment in our meeting at my apartment last week, when I left the room to find a book and suggested that while I was away you might want to take notes about the living room for the descriptive opening of this interview. Earlier you had made the distinction between writers for whom the physical world is significant and writers for whom it scarcely exists, who [...]