The Common Scold blog, by Monica Bay, posts here about Maureen Dowd’s recent book, Are Men Necessary, and said it reminded her, in its style, of Malcolm Gladwell’s book called Blink, which I liked. What does this have to do with the topic of this blog? To the extent that the legal profession is populated with men and women, books about men and/or women (and whether we need them both) should have some passing relevance. The name of the Common Scold blog comes from a cause of action prevalent during the Pilgrim days whereby a meddlesome woman who displeased the Puritan elders would be punished by a “brisk dunk in the local pond”. The blog author, Monica Bay, derives inspiration from those “feisty women” who were not afraid of a little cold water.