The Story of MoDoMaureen Dowd tries to become the worst New York Times columnist on the subject of sex, but she can't lay a finger on Ross Douthat. Still, MoDo sucks in her own special way.
In today's column, she has her old pal Leon Wieseltier assume the persona of a phone sex worker:
Although the book is being snapped up because it seems daring, a woman I know who works as a phone dominatrix under the nom de dom Jennifer Hunter dismisses it as "just another conventional depiction of female submission. And more off-putting than most. Same old same old.” ...
The Harvard-educated Hunter asserts that most women are sexually submissive — "the sexually dominant woman is that rara avis" — and scoffs at the idea that anything in the book is offensive except its overwrought prose.
"Every good dominant knows that the submissive is really the partner in control," she says. "All a submissive woman has to do is relax and enjoy the ride while delicious sexual acts are visited upon her. She's the star of the proceedings. Someone is ministering to her needs for a change. Master is choreographing all the action. The book seems to have resonated with so many women because, after a long day of managing employees, making all the decisions and looking after children, a woman might be exhausted about being in charge and long to surrender control.”
You, gentle Times reader, should your accept your trite generalizations about female sexuality from noone less than a Latin-spouting Harvardian.
Next up: David Brooks reports that men enjoy handjobs because they fear developing carpal tunnel syndrome, and Tom Friedman offers a mustache ride to Bashar al-Assad.