What has Gloria Steinem learned while researching "Marilyn," due out in November from Henry Holt & Co.?
The Ms. editor thinks Monroe would have supported the women's movement if she had lived long enough to witness it. Added Steinem: "Marilyn would have been 60 this year. If the feminist movement had existed, it might have saved her life."
The actress studied art and literature at UCLA, trying to improve herself. "But," Steinem told us, "most of her biographers have belittled or ridiculed her efforts at self-education." All but two of those 40 biographers were men.
Steinem claims Norman Mailer's book on Monroe is about his "sexual fantasies of her, not about her. He refers to Marilyn as a castrator and makes fun of her for wanting to be educated."