I am writing in response to Carl Mumpower’s letter regarding the Women’s March [“Women’s Marches Lack Mature Focus,” Feb. 1, Xpress]. I appreciated the responses of the women and I want to respond as a man. My letter will provide contrast and show why we need women running things. Their responses were thoughtful, calm, and clearly conveyed their distaste of Mumpower’s remarks without being nasty. They left me with a sense of maturity and gentility.
My response, however, is more typical of how we men do things. I was embarrassed to be a member of the same gender as he, when I read Mumpower’s letter. I don’t know what kind of doctor he is, but if he is a medical doctor — yikes! …
There is an unavoidable truth to evolution that you cannot deny, just like you cannot deny gravity, no matter how much you choose to dislike it. Just as we used to think Neanderthals were stupid and eventually died off, science shows they may have been just as evolved as our current lineage and, in fact, may still be with us.
I do believe, however, that there is a line of humans who have not evolved and they are also still among us. For some reason, their brains just have not been able to keep up and still want the Earth to be flat. They still want to believe the fairy tales that were written by Stone Age people who thought stars were holes in the sky. … It’s just that we have to stop letting them (stupid people) run things, and we need to stop treating them as if they are smart and pretending their stupid ideas are relevant and credible.
I suspect … [Mumpower] enjoys tweaking the “liberals” who are so misguided.
Thank you, women of Asheville and of the world, for standing up to the men who make the rest of us look bad. We need you, we need your voices and we need your leadership.
Your example will ensure that my next letter will be more gentle, calm and loving.
— Ron Greenberg
Editor’s note: Former City Council member Carl Mumpower is a psychologist. Also, a note to our online commenters: Though the argument above isn’t particularly civil, it is a point of view and we want to give readers an opportunity to discuss it. In light of our continuing civility challenge, however, we hope those comments can be made in a respectful way.