June 4, 2007 | last updated May 26, 2012 7:44 am
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cashmere Mafia Column Was Outrageous

To The Editor:

Upon first read of Larry Cohen's May 21 column, "The Cashmere Mafia," my immediate reaction was one of complete "shock and awe." The opinion expressed was Neanderthalic and disrespectful to women in general.

If, in fact, his column was to be humorous, Cohen failed miserably. In a culture where women have to fight off sexism on a daily basis, this column is inappropriate. The humor was not obvious and I doubt that most readers, especially men, would read it that way.

If humor was not his intent and the opinions expressed in the column are representative of his true feelings on women and women in leadership positions, I can only pity Cohen for his small-minded approach to dealing with 58 percent of the population. If only his closed mind came with a closed mouth.

Rebecca Kane Dow

CONNSTEP, Inc.

Rocky Hill

To The Editor:

Larry Cohen's ["Cashmere Mafia" column was] way over the top, ridiculously infantile and grossly offensive. Would Cohen have written a column such as that to demonstrate the strides that people of color have made in business and politics? Perhaps some editorial oversight might be in order before you offend the remainder of the readers that your publication retains.

Lydia D. Babbitt

O&G Industries

Torrington

To The Editor:

It's rather obvious that this man Laurence D. Cohen hates women. He [would] make a great serial killer.

Gwen Howard

The Bushnell

Hartford

To The Editor:

In reference to "The Cashmere Mafia" column, all I can say is "Wow, I was unaware that the Hartford Business Journal had been acquired by The Onion."

Vanessa Giannasi

The Bushnell

To The Editor:

I am completely appalled by "The Cashmere Mafia" article posted on May 21. If today was April 1, then I'd say someone was quick at hand with some April Fool's banter. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Showing your support for Laurence Cohen and his editorial diarrhea is a clear signal that you don't know and furthermore don't care about your readership or supporters.

Regrettably, I will no longer be a reader or supporter of your publication.

Megan Fitzgerald

The Bushnell

To The Editor:

I'm surprised that the "Cashmere Mafia" column didn't address the sexism of Professor Roberto Alesina's "man tax." This would violate the fundamental constitutional right of equal protection by targeting an entire birth group for discriminatory taxation.

In fact, men already pay more taxes than women, die younger, work 90 percent of overtime, comprise 92 percent of job deaths and drive longer commutes in order to feed their families.

And the so-called "pay gap" inequity, which is cited to justify Alesina's man tax, is a mythical half-truth that actually reflects the female privilege of having more options than men.

Men collect Professor Roberto Alesina's garbage, clean his sewers and fix his streets so he can go to his ivory tower job and propose taxing men more.

Marc E. Angelucci

Los Angeles chapter

National Coalition of Free Men

To The Editor:

The column "The Cashmere Mafia" by Laurence Cohen, brought back incredible memories of my youth. I remember as a teenager in the mid-60s, hanging out with my friends bemoaning the racism and sexism of our parents' generation. We were absolutely convinced, in our earnest and na´ve hearts and minds, that when their generation died, ignorant racist and sexist thought would die as well. Cohen – and the Hartford Business Journal – shows how wrong we were.

Elizabeth Sorensen

Groton

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