Response to Zelda Bronstein  

Hillary Clinton is neither a saint nor a monster. Although I share Zelda Bronstein’s distaste for feminist sycophancy, I think she fails to grasp—amid all the disappointments—what is genuinely laudable about our First Lady. Blaming Hillary Clinton for “losing” the …





Not Pornography!  

For more than four decades, the cold war chilled political debate about what women and American families need for their well-being. The family was sacrificed to cold war hysteria and military over-investment. National health programs and child care looked too …



Who Gets Polluted?  

During the last decade, a grass-roots, minority-led movement against environmental racism (more recently described as the movement for environmental justice) has been spreading across urban America. Led largely by local women of color, the movement for environmental justice has received …



The Politics of Trauma  

We live in a therapeutic society that trivializes trauma. Every day, ordinary people confess their secrets to Oprah, Phil, and Geraldo. In every bookstore, shelves groan under the weight of self-help books that promise freedom from pain. Women who love …





Stand By Your Woman  

AGAINST THE TIDE: PRO-FEMINIST MEN IN THE UNITED STATES 1776-1990: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, edited by Michael S. Kimmel and Thomas E. Mosmiller. Beacon, 1992. 552 pp. $40. After Frederick Douglass gave a rousing speech at the First Woman’s Rights Convention …



A Letter to Jirina Siklova  

DEAR JIRINA, In June 1990, we sat in your Prague apartment sipping tea as a soft summer breeze floated through opened windows. I asked you endless questions about the experiences of female dissidents and the problems facing Czechoslovakian women after …