When it turned out that The Washington Post’s readers were kind of pissed that their newspaper ran an article whose thesis was that women are stupid (and what does it say about the paper that it assumed its readership to be mostly composed of rabid misogynists), the relevant editor argued that the piece was “tongue in cheek,” a joke. But the woman in question, Charlotte Allen, wasn’t joking at all: “I meant to be funny but with a serious point — that women want to be taken seriously but quite often don’t act serious.”
Of course in my experience men, like women, want to be taken seriously. And men, like women, sometimes don’t act serious. Somehow the world gets on.