Betty Friedan, RIP; Naomi Wolf, WTF?
Betty Friedan, considered by many the woman who jump-started Second Wave feminism, died Saturday on her 85th birthday. Echidne has some great words for a woman that we owe much to; Rox Populi breaks down just what we -- men AND women -- can thank our feminist forebearers for. From Echidne:
I regard her as a name-giver, one of those who sees something we all see but goes one step further and defines the phenomenom, organizes it and tells us what it is called. ... Name-giving is powerful, because a name given at the right time can energize a movement that barely existed until that point, and this is what Friedan's book did, though only for straight, educated, middle- and upper-class women. But it was a start, and the start turned into something more when other name-givers joined Friedan in the effort. Thank you for the names you taught us, Betty Friedan.
In other famous feminist news, I Blame the Patriarchy via Joshua pointed me to this article about Naomi Wolf finding Jesus. Not exactly a woman who has lived a controversy-free life (her books have also been criticized a-plenty due to their narrow scope on a middle- to upper-class white experience), Wolf seems aware that many will disapprove of her revelation, but the article doesn't reveal if she knows or cares exactly why. There's certainly nothing wrong with Christianity (some of my best friends are Christian!), but it is odd for a woman -- a Jewish woman, no less -- who once railed so heavily against the patriarchy to seek solace from a mid-life crisis in the archetypal patriarch himself.