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This is a great column, and Katha Pollitt is one of our greatest feminist voices. One quibble, however: I can't know for sure without seeing the actual numbers, but when Ms. Pollitt says, "The percentage of 'not too happy' men has declined by 1.1 percent, and the percentage of such women has increased by a great big 0.3 percent," she may well mean percentage points. There is a difference. A leap from 20 percent to 22 percent is a gain of 10 percent, but a gain of 2 percentage points.

By the way, I make my living as a magazine copy editor and sometime writer, and I learned to watch out for these things while writing for a financial magazine. (Glad I work on a social-issues magazine now, but this knowledge is still useful from time to time!)

Thanks for a great magazine.

Trudy Ring

Burbank, CA

Oct 6 2009 - 3:33pm

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I am so happy Ms. Pollitt wrote this column. I couldn't believe my eyes when I first read it. I kept trying to point out two things about it:

1) The author's publisher is a Christian publishing house. This seems likely to indicate anti-feminist values.

2) Buckingham's absurd claim that the second shift can't be responsible for any unhappiness women might feel because "the numbers are trending in the right direction," that would be LOL funny, if his entire thesis wasn't classic backlash poopaganda.

And don't even get me started on Arianna. Thanks for breaking the numbers down and putting it all in perspective.

Catherine Fenton

New York, NY

Oct 5 2009 - 5:35pm

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