Are Women Who Read ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ ‘Kind of Dim’?*

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  03.03.08 | 1:43 PM ET

imageCharlotte Allen calls “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert’s lightning rod of a travel memoir, “hysterical,” “superficial,” and “gooily sentimental,” and points to its success as an example of why women are “kind of dim.” She did all this in a Washington Post opinion piece this weekend called “We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?”, which, as of this posting, has 870 comments and counting.

Many of them, with good reason, say something like this: “I can’t believe the Washington Post would publish this nonsense.”

Update March 3, 1:54 p.m. ET: Responding to the backlash against the story, the Washington Post’s opinion editor says that the piece was intended to be “tongue-in-cheek.” From Politico: “Even if intended as a joke, the Allen piece clearly isn’t the best way for the Post to achieve its goal of bringing in more women readers, and it remains to be seen if the fallout continues today.”

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* One Man’s Odyssey into ‘Eat, Pray, Love’

3 Comments for Are Women Who Read ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ ‘Kind of Dim’?*

Eva 03.03.08 | 5:06 PM ET

Tongue-in-cheek? Well, I’ll take the Post’s word for it, but better add “writing with tongue-in-cheek” to Allan’s enormous list of tasks and skills that “we women” are incapable of doing well.

Anita 03.03.08 | 8:14 PM ET

I guess Charlotte is the consummate woman - at least in her own eyes.  Too bad she’s a male chauvinist pig, to boot.

toni marosok 03.04.08 | 12:45 PM ET

I am halfway through the book and I find it very entertaining.  Isn’t that what books are for???  I do not in any way think I am ‘Dim’ I never listen to the critics views on anything-I wait and see or read for myself.  Sometimes I don’t know where their heads are at.

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