Who’s Responsible for Feminist Enlightenment

generation-x-feminismOkay, back to work. Kara, I don’t feel like I have any sense of cause and effect. Like, I know Gen-X men these days are way more likely to help raise their kids and Gen-X women are way more apt to have careers. I know there was a kind of tension and bitterness and resentment between men and women in the ’60s and ’70s that just doesn’t seem to be there nearly as much. Katha Pollitt once told me in an interview that she was discouraged because her daughter was one of only a couple of girls who raised their hands when asked by a teacher who in the class considered themselves feminists. But I said, and I think, that if you asked a typical class full of students if men and women deserved equal pay, if men should clean the house, if no meant no, then you would see that the younger generations are completely, unblinkingly feminist. My personal theory is that the reason this happened is because of Bikini Kill Fanzine #2, old school Sesame Street, and the fact that latchkey kid-dom was lonely and we learned that we need each other. Who do you think got us here?


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2 responses to “Who’s Responsible for Feminist Enlightenment

  1. bluerthanyou

    i hope you’re right about generation y being feminists, i really do. i suppose, at the end of the day, no matter what progress is made, it will still boil down to education, strength and being far enough up maslow’s hierarchy of needs to take the time to think about it. wouldn’t it be great if everyone just lived it without thought?

  2. Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

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