YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsFeminism


August 13, 2010 | By Alison Culliford, Los Angeles Times
"Sexual intercourse began in 1963," the poet Philip Larkin said of the revolution that liberated women and changed the world. And nowhere was that revolution more on display, literally, than on the beaches of the French Riviera, where the first bare breasts appeared just a year later. Scandale ! Some local mayors prohibited it, and the Interior Ministry declared it illegal. But as anyone who has visited a French beach in the last 40 years will know, public opinion was stronger than the bureaucrats' protests.
October 14, 2009 | Barbara Ehrenreich, Barbara Ehrenreich is the author, most recently, of "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America." A version of this article also appears at
Feminism made women miserable. This, anyway, seems to be the most popular take-away from "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness," a recent study by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers that purports to show that women have become steadily unhappier since 1972. Maureen Dowd and Ariana Huffington greeted the news with somber perplexity, but the more common response has been a triumphant "I told you so!" On Slate's Double X website, a columnist concluded from the study that "the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s gave us a steady stream of women's complaints disguised as manifestos ... and a brand of female sexual power so promiscuous that it celebrates everything from prostitution to nipple piercing as a feminist act -- in other words, whine, womyn, and thongs."
August 13, 2013 | By August Brown
The two women of Deap Vally are really bummed out by the idea of a walk of shame. You know, the ritualistic morning skulk back home after hooking up with someone you probably won't call again. They're not torn up about the hookup part, though. It's the shame that seems dumb. "We always knew we wanted to write about that idea of a 'Walk of Shame,'" said drummer and co-vocalist Julie Edwards. "It always bugged me, that there's this neurosis that just turns on in your head afterwards.
February 29, 2004
We talk about fat kids, horrible lifestyles and unhealthy living. Then Lisa Palac starts equating her fatness with feminism ("Fat, Feminism, Phooey," Metropolis, Jan. 25). What has the world come to? Being overweight is a health issue more than a self-absorbed ramble about feminism and self-image. Get a grip and stop whining. Start walking. Lynn Underwood San Diego
December 25, 1989
Nikki Finke's article on the women's movement ("Time Picks on Feminism," Nov. 30) was right on target when it pointed to Time magazine's failure to define feminism. Feminism never has been the one-dimensional white, middle-class struggle the media persist in presenting. It is the fight for basic human rights for all women--more than half the world's population. It is integral to the fight against racism, anti-gay bigotry, child abuse, poverty, dismal health care and much more. This is why feminism is simultaneously trivialized and fiercely resisted.
February 16, 1986
In response to Kilpatrick's toast to the ladies: I wish feminism was as simple as Kilpatrick writes--bra-wearing or bra-burning, virginity or free sex and the old standby, lesbians in combat shoes. As a second-generation American woman, whose grandmother scrubbed toilets to feed her seven children, feminism means only one thing--economics. The dignity of earning a decent living in any work that fits my talents with no regard to whether I need a bra. Feminism also means the ownership and control over my own body.
November 15, 2009 | Dan Neil
I don't think I've ever finished a Gail Collins-penned editorial in the New York Times, and now I know why. Collins, the paper's editorial page editor from 2001 to 2007 and now op-ed columnist, has elevated dull writing into a rhetoric all her own such that, in more than 400 pages of this wholesomely instructive tract on American feminism, she never turns a phrase, sallies a wit or takes a nibble from the peach of humor. "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present" is written in the competent style of a textbook, and my weekend spent reading it felt exactly like homework.
May 22, 2004
Re "Feminism Assumptions Upended," Opinion, May 16: Since when does feminism have anything to do with the abuse of prisoners? The fact that three out of the seven prison guards at Abu Ghraib who engaged in abuse of prisoners were women is no reflection of gender equality. Barbara Ehrenreich states that "a certain kind of feminism's" assumption is that women are morally superior to men. That is ridiculous. Morality has nothing to do with gender. Male or female, a person who engages in abuse of others obviously has severe emotional deficits that should have prevented him or her from being in the military in the first place.
Los Angeles Times Articles