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Sex & the Feminists

- Abstract

If there is a young woman today who could be said to have imbibed feminism with her mother’s milk, it is Katie Roiphe, daughter of the Anne Roiphe who wrote Up the Sandbox, a landmark feminist novel of the 60′s. When she was little, Katie Roiphe tells us in her new book, The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism on Campus,1 she thought of feminism as “something like a train you could catch and ride to someplace better” than the limited world her grandmother, Anne’s mother, inhabited. And as she grew older, Katie came to believe that feminism meant being one’s own person and speaking one’s own mind.

But as an adolescent Katie emerged from her maternal home into the larger world, and there she was met by people ready to tell her what to think and feel, to treat her as a delicate flower in constant danger of assault, to see her as a passive, naive innocent in need of protection from male predators obsessed with sex.

About the Author

Carol Iannone reviewed Wendy Wasserstein’s Elements of Style in the September 2006 COMMENTARY.