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Daze of Our Wives

When I first encountered Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, at the height of its influence in the 70s, I kept thinking, "Who are these women?" My mother and her friends were not "desperate housewives": secret alcoholics and adulterers, trying to escape the boredom of their non-wage-earning lives.

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Calling All Hombres

"Defend yourself." That's the lesson Harvey Mansfield drew for Larry Summers the week before Harvard's president was forced to resign.

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Feminism and the Unraveling of the Social Bond

Like countless other women who cherish improvement in the situation of women in the United States and throughout the world, I was initially quick to embrace feminism as the best way to secure our "rights" and our dignity as persons. Like countless others, I was seriously misled.

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The Academy vs. the Humanities

AS a retired professor of English who now and again returns to teaching, I am aware that the work I try to do with my students has less and less in common with what is going on in adjacent classrooms. I regret being out of step, but it is too late to break the habits of a lifetime, and in any case I cannot believe that they are bad habits.

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Catholic and Feminist: Can One Be Both?

Can one be both Catholic and feminist? Many of us these days are asking the question, sometimes with considerable anguish. The real question, however, is why is this a question at all. Why do so many of us see the relations between Catholicism and feminists as problematic?

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