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    Thursday, December 15, 2005

    Power Geezer Gloria


    Since Woody got the cover, Gloria gets about half the profile he did, but what she got is pretty darn good:

    What is Gloria Steinem’s advice to young women these days? To do “whatever they fucking well please,” America’s foremost feminist said ...

    We will, thank you very much.

    She said that sometimes her own generation “doesn’t recognize what activism and feminism look like in the younger generation. Because my generation was more threatened by sexuality or nudity, in the sense that we felt threatened if we didn’t behave in a certain ladylike way. ...

    Indeed, Ms. Steinem is able to appreciate many forms of mass media that offend some of her more rigid colleagues. “Mainstream television is probably at least 25 years behind where women are. So it’s always a mixed bag,” she said. She dug the HBO program Sex and the City, with some reservations.


    There is a moment that seems a bit disingenuous: While Andrea Dworkin was raging against pornography and other sisters were staging “marriage interventions” and refusing to shave their legs, Ms. Steinem appeared sexy and beautiful with her swinging coif and giant shades, serving as the movement’s glamorous muse.

    Ummm. . . when Andrea Dworkin was raging against pornography, Gloria Steinem backed her right up, quite unglamorously.

    But, that (and the mention of her rather horrific cameo on the L Word) aside, I loved her in this article.

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