What Happened to Women? : Democracy Journal
That demonstration has become part of the foundation legend of feminism. Few, though, remember what those marchers were specifically calling for: Forty years and a world of ssex and cultural change later, how have those demands fared?Housewives Wants Real Sex Stanwood
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Free childcare around the clock? Bad mommy! Americans today endorse the idea that women should have the same chances as men to excel at school and at jobs that men have historically held.
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Why is that? Like liberalism, feminism has at least two aspects: Was it really in that a judge threw a young woman out of a New York City traffic court for wearing pants?
Could adult single women Wooman, in Connecticut, wives be legally barred from getting birth control? Feminism has done a pretty good job of persuading society that at least in theory, doors that are open to men should be open to women too.
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Sure, if you can afford it. The limited progress of feminism at large is replicated within liberalism itself.
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Katha Pollitt is a columnist at The Nation. Her most recent books are Virginity or Death!