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The Old Guard Is Still Guarding The Henhouse
In an LA Times Magazine story, Ms. Magazine proves it's still out of touch after all these years, despite its "mandate to remind American women that feminism isn't dead, isn't irrevelant..." Before they even published their first issue, they ditched their first choice of editor, former OC Register investigations editor Tracy Wood, because (among other things) she didn't parrot the old guard's moldy old party line:

(Wood) uses the slang term "grrl" as an example. To Wood, the word was an empowering term for young women. But, she says, to many at the foundation it was a sexist term. "To me, that was young woman teen slang, and that was it," Wood says. "But to women who had come through the movement and fought the battles, they didn't care how you spelled it, it was still the word 'girl.' And they had had such a fight against that word. You know, 'How are you girls doing?'the patronizing approach to women, those kind of nuances. To me, they were just part of life..."

...just as they are to potential Ms. readers under 40, the kind they're unlikely to have many of if they cling to the old "we are victims" approach to feminism. Perish forbid that they should allow dissent between the generations (which might make the magazine interesting enough to read), or allow anyone to write anything about Ms. that might not be one big, wet, victim feminist-loving kiss. --Amy Alkon, humanist

Posted by aalkon at August 31, 2003 7:15 PM


So, there I was... me and Jennifer Aniston at the same party. Even from across the crowded room, our eyes met. And it was as if there was no one else but the two of us as our gazes locked upon each other.

So, abruptly, I turned on my heel and left. We were wearing the same DRESS! I was so mortified!

That said, about Ms. Magazine and their nazi-esque promotion of only that which toes the feminist line: how sweet it is that impressionable young women are being brought up with the mindset that there is only one way for them to be. Sure saves them the trouble of finding out for themselves who they are. We now can bring up a generation of empowered "grrls," conveniently indistinguishable from the other. God forbid some young lady might decide to find fulfillment in the * GASP! * traditional domestic role. (Which isn't to say, obviously, that I think all women should be in the domestic role, only that it is the right of individuals to decide for themselves that they want to BE in that role.)

Feminism might be a wonderful thing, but we need to respect the fact that not everyone has to be a believer in it.

Posted by: Patrick at September 1, 2003 3:29 AM

That's a big problem with feminism -- it's like Stalinism, but without the military chic.

Posted by: (Amy Alkon) at September 1, 2003 3:42 PM

I think that every woman should be allowed to be what she wants to be, as long as it's leagal. I mean, if you want to be a terrorist...

But still. I always thought that feminism empowered women to find the resources and abilities to do what they want to do. As I've matured (yeah, I know, not much.), I've discovered that feminism is the practice of forcing women to become doctors and lawyers and militant spokespeople, whether they want to or not. Not everyone wants to hear, "Hey! You're a woman! Now you MUST become a doctor so that you can show all the other "wimmin" that it can be done!"

That barrier has been broken. there are still a lot of things in this world that are not equal for both men and women. Try to be a father trying to fight for custody of his children nowadays. Pretty hard, isn't it?

Posted by: Clarkified at September 2, 2003 7:58 AM