GreenStone: Women’s Radio As Comfort Food

Its feminist raison d’etre notwithstanding, Gloria Steinem’s new radio venture is awash in fluff. “GreenStone, as Ms. Steinem explained in a CNN interview last week, is predicated on the notion that women have abandoned radio, and the talk format specifically, because it is ‘too hostile and argumentative and crazy’ and because women are ‘not nearly as hostile and argumentative.’ … GreenStone too easily obliges the idea that debate is just a synonym for bad manners, and in doing so suggests that the only corrective to invidious discussion is no discussion at all — or, rather, lots of little discussions about hosiery and slumber parties.”