Saturday, February 11, 2006

People I Don't Like, #2

Who: Wall Street Journal Editorial Writers

Why I don't like them: They are idiots. On Friday, Elizabeth Crowley wrote an article about the current lawsuit against Craigslist for housing discrimination. (Sorry, I couldn't find a link to it.) The writer is shocked to discover that people looking for roommates are expressing a preference about who they would like to live with. Ms. Elizabeth Crowley, do you still live at home with your parents? Stretch your imagination - imagine that you are moving out and getting your own apartment and you need a roommate. A person who will be sharing your kitchen and your bathroom. They will know all about your strange grooming habits. If the walls are thin, they will know what kind of noises you make while having sex. Are you saying that the law should require you to have absolutely no preference about who you live with - you'll take the person with the best credit rating, no questions asked? I don't think so.

Ms. Crowley does concede that expressing a preference for a roommate "may not be illegal", but the listings "sure lack good taste" and some posters seem "needy". Apparently this should be grounds for removing the ads. She says "I thought that people looking for roommates just needed their rent and utilities subsidized." Maybe Ms. Crowley has moved out her parents' house, and now shares a 2/2 with a complete stranger to whom she has never spoken any words other than "do you have your share of the rent?" Well, there are lots of different types of people in the world. Some of us hope to establish friendly relationships with our roommates, and possibly even engage in social activities, such as conversation.

This is just one example of the editorials that make me wonder what planet the writers could possibly be living on. I could offer further critiques, but there wouldn't be time left in the day for anything else.

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