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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 tomdispatch.com.
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."
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
David Lynch fans have been waiting years for the director to announce he's making another movie. It's been six years since his last one, the challenging but appreciated “Inland Empire,” which makes the Surrealist auteur long overdue. But those hoping the streak will be broken soon are in for a disappointment: Lynch said he's lacking the inspiration that drives him to make movies. “I haven't gotten the big idea,” he told 24 Frames this week. “I've got some fragments that are coming, but not the big idea.” The director added, "If I got an idea that I fell in love with, I'd go to work tomorrow.
SCIENCE
November 24, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Fast food might make it harder to stop and smell the roses - and not just because of the overpowering aroma of French fries  - a new study from the University of Toronto argues. Researchers pointed out that Americans have gained more and more leisure time, yet they aren't any happier. The problem could be that modern conveniences that are supposed to save time actually make us more impatient, and therefore less able to savor small moments of joy. To test that theory, the University of Toronto researchers carried out three different tests focused on happiness and quintessentially American “symbols of the culture of impatience”: fast foods.
MAGAZINE
November 17, 1996
Wendy Kaminer's reflection on satisfaction ("The Inner You," Oct. 13) sees Thomas Jefferson "enshrining the pursuit of happiness as a national entitlement" in the same manner, one must suppose, as Social Security and Medicare have been so enshrined. Jefferson would be aghast. He saw the pursuit of happiness not as an entitlement but as an inviolable individual right. Kaminer further states that Jefferson's point of view was that the purpose of education is "self-government, not self-esteem."
OPINION
July 9, 2006
Re "Happy? Let's Sum It Up," Column One, July 3 Happiness economics is apparently a legitimate field populated by behavioral scientists as well as those who would write for Forbes magazine. That people in Cuba come in second in happiness to those in our country attests to the fact that happiness unfolds from something other than palatial estates, Humvees, Rolls-Royces and designer everything. As a psychotherapist, I hear people wanting community more than anything in their lives.
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