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February 6, 2000 | SUSIE LINFIELD, Susie Linfield is a contributing writer to Book Review
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 | JACK SMITH
"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.
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.
April 15, 1986 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
August 14, 2012 | Claudia Luther
In her bestselling 1962 book "Sex and the Single Girl," Helen Gurley Brown dared to tell American women that they inherited their "proclivity" for sex, that it "isn't some random piece of mischief you dreamed up because you're a bad, wicked girl. " When her frank and exuberant mix of advice, exhortation and naughty girl talk became a publishing phenomenon, thousands of women wrote to seek her advice, and she would sit at home at night in Los Angeles, trying to answer them all. One night, her husband, the movie producer David Brown, had an idea while he watched her type.
February 2, 1992 | NINA J. EASTON, Nina J. Easton is a staff writer with this magazine. Times researcher Joyce Sherwood contributed to this story
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 | LIZ McGUINNESS
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 | BOB SIPCHEN
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.
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