May 27, 2012 |
When Eve Ensler opened her play "The Vagina Monologues" off-Broadway in 1996, people who called the box office to order tickets were afraid to name it. Motorists complained about highway billboards advertising it. Some newscasters wouldn't utter the title of the show. "Everybody told me to change the title," Ensler said. "'You're never gonna get this play done.' The whole idea was that you made a political and artistic choice to go see a play called 'The Vagina Monologues.' I used to say 'vagina' was more dangerous than Scud missiles or plutonium.
July 23, 1992 |
A not entirely harmonic convergence of magazine traditions occurs on newsstands this month: A Ms. magazine anniversary--its 20th--and Esquire's "Women We Love" issue--its fifth. But it says something (no, this column will not explain precisely what) that most other magazines in the current crop reserve their scrutiny for two women whose public personae are inextricably linked to men: Hillary and Di. The July/August Ms.
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September 2, 2012 |
Shulamith Firestone, whose 1970 book "The Dialectic of Sex" became a feminist classic with its calls for a drastic rethinking of women's roles in the bearing and raising of children, was found dead Tuesday in her New York City apartment. She was 67. A recluse who struggled with mental illness in later years, the author apparently died of natural causes, said her sister, Miriam Tirzah Firestone. Only 25 when "The Dialectic of Sex" was published, Firestone vaulted to prominence as a leading theorist of the second wave of feminism that crested in the 1960s and '70s.
September 10, 2009 |
On Monday in Sudan, Lubna Hussein, a 34-year-old journalist, was convicted and jailed for wearing pants (long, loose ones) on the streets of Khartoum. Though she was released the next day and, moreover, avoided the 40 lashes with a plastic whip that is considered a standard sentence under Sudanese law for wearing "indecent clothing," her case made international headlines and attracted protesters outside the courthouse, many of whom were women who wore trousers in solidarity (and some of whom were arrested)
October 28, 1993 |
Like any thinking person in America, feminist author Naomi Wolf is wrestling these days with the notion of victimization. It's in the context of that tumultuous debate that Wolf, in a movingly candid interview with journalist Lynn Darling, reveals an incident that still "haunts" her. "While I was in college, I went to bed with a teen-age boy," Wolf says. "I took his virginity, or he gave it to me. In any case, to me that was fun, it was a story my girlfriends and I could chuckle about.
September 13, 2012 |
It's a strange time to be a woman. I say this not because state legislatures enacted no less than 95 restrictions on reproductive rights this year. I say it not because at the same time, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker repealed his state's equal pay law and Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman conjectured that "money is more important for men. " Or because, just last month, an alarming number of male legislators demonstrated serious confusion about the birds and the bees. I'm saying it because Naomi Wolf has written a book about her vagina.
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November 4, 1999 |
Naomi Wolf even looks like Monica Lewinsky. Same creamy cheeks, same bee-stung lips, same startled-fawn eyes. Indeed, Lewinsky, an obviously intelligent woman a decade younger than Wolf, could, if she puts her mind to it, aspire to write a book like "Promiscuities," Wolf's most recent tome. Recently revealed to have been a $15,000-a-month advisor to the Al Gore presidential campaign, Wolf reportedly told the vice president that he is the "beta" male to President Clinton's "alpha" male.
July 27, 1997 |
Naomi Wolf, either through brilliance or luck, captured the gold ring of feminist punditry with the publication of her first book, "The Beauty Myth" in 1991. Her denunciation of the cosmetic industry in her discussion of beauty, health and feminism resonated with a new generation of young women, many of whom had never read a feminist text. Her second book, "Fire With Fire" (1994), shifted gears.