February 6, 2000 |
Ruth Rosen's history of the post-World War II feminist movement begins and ends with quotes from poets. This is appropriate, for her book--like the best poetry--is an exploration of both reality and consciousness. She begins with Anne Sexton, a self-described "victim of the American Dream," and ends on a more hopeful note with Muriel Rukeyser. Rukeyser once asked, "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?" and then answered: "The world would split open."
September 14, 1986 |
"FAMILY VACATION: A contradiction in terms. You can have a family or you can have a vacation, but you can't have both." That is from "New Wives' Tales,"Stern / Sloan, $3.95) a "domestic dictionary" by Brenda Nell Davidson. Having read Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique" when it first came out, I have always supported the feminist movement, even when it wasn't easy.
February 10, 1991 |
They march under the banner of the feminist movement, but they are clearly out of step with most of their sisters. The issue is abortion. One Kansas City-based national feminist organization contends that true feminists actually oppose abortion and have throughout history. Feminists for Life of America, which claims about 3,000 members in 36 chapters, maintains that abortion oppresses rather than liberates women.
March 22, 2013 |
In her new book, “Lean In,” Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg advises women to do just that. The message is her “sort of feminist manifesto”: Take a seat at the table, speak up, and don't worry about pleasing everyone. If you want to make it to the top, you can't demure. But what about women who find their calling outside of the workplace - like mothers who choose to stay home and raise their kids? Are they still feminists if they choose a domestic path? New York magazine recently sparked a debate with its cover story, “ The Retro Wife ,” by Lisa Miller.
April 15, 1986 |
Simone de Beauvoir, the renowned French writer who regarded herself more as a Marxist than a feminist when she wrote what became a primer of women's liberation, "The Second Sex," more than 35 years ago, died Monday at a Paris hospital. She was 78. No cause of death was given by Cochin Hospital, but De Beauvoir reportedly had been suffering from circulation problems.
November 28, 1996 |
More often than she would like, as she sprints around the country promoting her new book, Anne Roiphe hears that phrase. A woman comes up to her, at a bookstore or a reading, and begins, "I'm not a feminist, but . . . ." And Roiphe smiles a tired smile. Invariably, the person she sees is "a strong woman who's economically independent, a decent sense of herself, nobody's handmaiden--by my standards she's a feminist," she says.
February 2, 1992 |
SCENE 1: DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND -- Sharon Kinsella, dark hair cropped short, dressed in black from shoulder to toe, is hunched over in a chair, telephone jammed in her ear. "OK, let me ask you a couple of questions. Did he touch you?" As the Midwestern secretary on the line answers, smoke from Kinsella's cigarette coils sleepily upward. "Did this happen in front of anyone?"
September 2, 1985 |
The group of 150 women looked right in place as they gathered for a Cobb salad luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club. All were well dressed, and there was a sprinkling of summer hats; conversation was animated.
September 30, 1993 |
Even before the September/October Mother Jones hit the stands with a scathing critique of women's studies programs, author Susan Faludi was pounding out a response. But it would be a stretch to define that article--or what's being said more broadly in magazines this fall--as mere media backlash against feminism.