I found Pamela Warrick's article about menopause and estrogen replacement ("Feminists Face Off in War Over Menopause," Aug. 9) both ridiculous and harmful to the many women who are undecided about the safety of estrogen replacement therapy.
I grew up believing that "hot flashes" were a figment of a woman's imagination and that as a modern woman I was above such things--that is, until I started experiencing them.
Every year tens of thousands of women's lives are made more productive through estrogen therapy. I don't see "keeping a stiff upper lip" and suffering the discomfort of hot flashes and depression, loss of enjoyment in sex, losing bone mass and increased risk of broken or painful bones, increased risk of heart attack, and a slowing of my intellectual ability as a means of fighting a feminist battle.
If "free" women have to go into battle hunched over, on crutches, with weak hearts or reduced mental powers, give me bondage any day.