Dean Esmay is trying something new: trolling for hits by tossing out a gender-related question:

Women have always been enormously powerful, throughout human history and especially in Western history. Those who fail to recognize this are guilty of misogyny.


Not to be overly Clintonian here, but it depends on what Dean means by “powerful.”

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  1. Mithras says:

    It’s not new.

  2. James Joyner says:

    As I recall, Dean has done something like this a half dozen times or so.

  3. The problem is the word “always.” If the word were “often” I could probably live with it.

    And there is the issue you touched on: a woman might be powerful within her household, but not at all so when she left it. Especially if she doesn’t have property rights. (I think I’m more thankful for property rights–and some modicum of sexual liberation–than I am for the vote.)