At some point I'd think someone in the mainstream press - which always seems ready to hype any example of "girl power" - would take on this issue:
After the Paul McCartney/Heather Mills divorce, the judge said the former Miss McCartney was "less than candid", engaged in "make believe", and was "her own worst enemy". Now, many people have told me it's unfair to generalize about "women", saying my charges should always be labeled "some women", and, to an extent, I agree. But how many times can the charge of delusion be laid at the feet of a woman, once she's in the public eye, before someone can tackle it, as a female trait, and one worth investigating and commenting on?
It was Steve Salerno, an extremely fair-minded and generous fellow, as well as the author of SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless, who I first heard posit that bogus NewAge/Self-Help ideas are spread virally, and primarily, by women. And while we can all point to men engaged in such nonsense - Tom Cruise, John Travolta, John Gray, and others come to mind - I don't think it's unfair to say they're exceptions to the way males generally behave or how they think.
On the other hand, is it possible to be surprised anymore when one hears of yet another famous woman joining the parade of "seekers" investigating occult beliefs? (Occult means "hidden" - or can we call it "less than candid"?) Who, after all these years of being told such things don't exist, think they have psychic powers? Is it sexist to wonder not only what's going on in the minds of these women but why their "sisters" aren't pulling them aside and asking them themselves? Especially since so many of these "believers" are intent on aggressively pushing for changes in the world?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.