“While scholars, media makers, and a vast and ever-growing blogosphere speak a language of feminism that encompasses a range of subjects (Sex workers’ rights! Transgender identity! Atheism! Gender-neutral pronouns!), in the larger world the very idea of feminism still struggles for legitimacy. As sophisticated as the philosophy has become among self-identified feminists, to most of the world it’s still seen either as something that happened in the 1970s — you know, with marches and flaming undergarments — or as an annoying distraction from ‘real issues’ like war and the economy.”
Read the rest of my editor Andi Zeisler’s article “The Bitch Was Onto Something: A Re-Reading of ‘The Feminine Mystique’” over at the LA Review of Books.