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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
March 20, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
New York magazine's article “ The Retro Wife ,” about how self-described feminists are bucking their NYC careers in favor of becoming stay-at-home moms, has ignited a fierce debate online. Is feminism the opportunity to make the choice between having career or becoming a SAHM? Or is feminism the pursuit of equality, in which both men and women have the same opportunities in the workplace? Or has the concept morphed into a hybrid of both? If a woman chooses to pursue a career, her gender shouldn't become an obstacle, whether she has children or not -- just like her male colleagues.
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.
May 11, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Time magazine fanned the flame around the "attachment parenting" debate Thursday with its provocative cover of a young mom breast-feeding her almost 4-year-old-son. Imagine the controversy the cover would have sparked if she were feeding him vegan breast milk? Oy . The New York Times broached this topic on Room For Debate last month, pitting former child actress and attachment parenting advocate Mayim Bialik against, well, working women. In Motherhood vs. Feminism , the moderator asked: “Has women's obsession with being the perfect mother destroyed feminism?
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.
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