Carol Platt Liebau: Funny, Sad and True

Friday, July 28, 2006

Funny, Sad and True

The always-entertaining-and-insightful Charlotte Hays attended the NOW conference last weekend, and this piece in today's Journal is the result.

It takes an incredibly talented writer to season a report of all the NOW silliness with a real point -- just making fun of the organization is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. But Charlotte Hays observed a certain tiredness as NOW plods on toward its 40th birthday.

Maybe the organization is just a victim of its own success; after all, many of the real or imagined grievances that motivated its establishment have been redressed, for better or worse. Like so many groups that flourished during the heyday of late 60's/early 70's radicalism, NOW is grasping for relevance.

And perhaps worst of all for NOW's ultimate future, the young women any organization needs to remain fresh and forward-looking have come to realize that most of the claims and the promises the feminists offered were empty at best, and more often, destructive of women's happiness.


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