As our intake of media becomes increasingly isolated -- downloaded rather than through interpersonal exchange -- there is equally a sense that we can create rituals that bring people together to share interests and ideas.
Why did Gloria Steinem evolve into a symbol of so much to so many? It's impossible to know. She became a vessel through which some women discovered themselves, their potential, and the strength to advocate for their own truths.
The truth is, most women who dream of becoming financially successful women bloggers will do so only if they stick to covering the most traditional of female subjects: mothering and home. Other subjects just don't pay.
I guess it is again open season on the author of The Feminine Mystique. The book had a major effect that alone justifies its being listed among the books whose authors ought to be celebrated rather than raked over the coals.
I am a professor of sociology teaching classes on gender and social change -- and I have never read Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique." It turns out that very few of my well-educated, feminist-leaning friends have either.
I don't know when I decided to call it a nervous breakdown. Some can't even have this conversation because it would mean looking at things they're trying not to see. I know how they feel because two years ago, I was one of them.