May 6, 2012 |
"We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit. " Those were the opening words of the Port Huron Statement, which I helped draft 50 years ago this summer as the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society. The statement, written in the idealistic early days of the New Left, laid out a vision for a nation in which racial equality would be finally achieved, disarmament embraced and true participatory democracy would become the norm.
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March 28, 2012 |
Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream and subsequently received high literary honors, died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 82. The cause was complications from the rheumatoid arthritis that had plagued her for much of her life, said a son, Pablo Conrad. "Adrienne Rich made a very important contribution to poetry," Helen Vendler, a Harvard University professor and literary critic told The Times in 2005.
May 21, 2011
Blame the flower children. That seems to be the chief conclusion of a new report about the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal. The study, undertaken by John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the request of America's Catholic bishops, links the spike in child abuse by priests in the 1960s and '70s to "the importance given to young people and popular culture" — along with the emergence of the feminist movement, a "singles culture" and a...
December 2, 2009 |
Has feminism been replaced by the pink-ribbon breast cancer cult? When the House passed the Stupak amendment, which would take away abortion rights from women who get any government help purchasing insurance, the female response ranged from muted to inaudible. Soon after, when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that regular screening mammography not start until age 50, all hell broke loose. Sheryl Crowe, Whoopi Goldberg and Olivia Newton-John raised their voices in protest; a few dozen non-boldface women picketed the Department of Health and Human Services.
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November 7, 2006 |
In the early 1970s, when discussing rape was still taboo and few victims reported the crime, feminist June Bundy Csida and her husband wrote "Rape: How to Avoid It and What to Do If You Can't." The goal of their landmark work, described as the first book-length feminist treatment of the issue, was to expose rape as "the No. 1 crime against women."
January 8, 2003
Re "A Higher Degree of Blame," Opinion, Jan. 5: Charlotte Allen's comments on the sexual harassment situation involving former Boalt Hall Dean John Dwyer were a much-needed antidote to other coverage. Elements of the feminist movement have veered toward prudery for decades, and we see the issue of that in overreactive rape-shield laws, sexual harassment laws, Megan's laws, etc. The wimpy demand for strict policies to "protect" women from playboys and the semantic sleight of hand that equates playboys with predators promotes a puritanical, police-state mentality.