THE POLITICAL IS POLITICAL. This Time column by Caitlin Flanagan is, indeed, all kinds of bad. Amidst all the usual tropes common to the unfortunate "the party left me, I didn't leave the party" op-ed subgenre, there's a particular claim by Flanagan in here that's really comically disingenuous. Flanagan says her new collection of essays, To Hell With All That, is "not a book about social policy or alternative lifestyles or anything even vaguely political," but rather a series of personal ruminations for which she's now being unfairly pilloried. She herself has said publicly that the subtitle she had originally chosen for the book was "How Feminism Shortchanged a Generation." Nothing political to see here, folks�

--Sam Rosenfeld