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.
Oct 6 2009 - 4:33pm