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The End of Herstory

Kay S. Hymowitz

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Kay S. Hymowitz argues that the radical feminism of the sixties (Steinem, Friedan, NOW, et.al.) is dead.

When you ask young women today if they think of themselves as feminists, more often than not they will pause for a moment. Then they will answer something like: "Well, I believe in equal pay for equal work," or "Yes, I do believe women should have choices," or "Of course, I believe women should have equal rights."

But how do we explain that pause that comes when you ask women if they consider themselves part of the movement? The truth is, very few Americans are capital "F" Feminists.

Activists who try to make sense of these young feminists who are not Feminists conclude that the movement has an image problem. The reason so many people believe in feminist goals yet reject the label, they say, is that the media have given us a cartoon picture of liberationists as humorless, Birkenstock-wearing man-haters, our era's version of the old-fashioned spinster. Feminism is still an "unfinished revolution," they say, and young women share its goals. They just don't like the packaging.

But this explanation falls far short. Feminism is not simply suffering from a P.R. problem. It's just over. As in finished.

Read the entire article at the City Journal website.



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