I find myself thinking a lot about Martha Stewart lately. I know. It’s pretty scary. What’s even scarier is that I am actually feeling kind of sorry for her.
Four years ago this month, Stewart finished serving 5 months in a minimum security women’s prison in West Virginia and began home detention at her estate in Katonah, New York. No, not a bad gig on the face of it. She broke the law, she did some time in jail, and then she served the rest of her sentence surrounded by her organic chickens and furry Chows. But then you think about what she was involved in, and how she came to be convicted of lying to the federal government and obstructing justice all because of sales of $51,000 worth of stocks. And then you think about the financial giants who are taking giant salaries — or giving back bonuses only under threat — and you witness the economic destruction their personal greed has brought upon us.
And you kind of think, “What the hell? That’s not really fair.
Okay, so maybe it’s a stretch to call Stewart “The new feminist icon.” But when you compare the attention she received from prosecutors and from the press — for lying about a $51,000 stock profit — with the lack of attention paid to the men who were basically screwing over the entire U.S. economy, you have to wonder what’s going on.