Skip to comments.Have a Glorious Birthday, Ms. Steinem
Posted on 03/25/2014 12:16:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Scrappy and smart and gutsy and generous Gloria Steinem is great and, also, 80! How wonderful. Here are some of her greatest hits from New York (both as one of the original staff writers and as a great interviewee on all manner of women-related topics):
- Her 1968 feature "Women and Power" about sex and politics and marriage and power.
Perhaps if women had more encouragement, more opportunity to gain power on their own, there would be less of the bitterness and hypocrisy that comes from using men for subversive ends. If society stopped telling girls that men can and should hand them their total identity on a silver platter, wives wouldnt be so resentful when it didnt happen. And ambitious women could relax, and look for pleasure instead of power in bed. Men ought to encourage the idea. It might take a load off all of us.
- Her 1968 feature on learning about Nixon.
- A 1969 feature, "After Black Power, Women's Liberation," about the 1960s feminist movement.
- New York's 2011 oral history of Ms., which recounts how the magazine's earliest days took place in Steinem's living room.
- A 2009 interview with Emily Nussbaum (alongside Suheir Hammad), in which Steinem looks back on her career trajectory and early goals:
I was looking to show business. [Laughs] How impractical. But the only place I saw women doing something nontraditional was there. I think show business was for us what sports is for boys in poor neighborhoods. So I was taking dancing lessons and lying about my age at 12 pretending to be 18, because I was very tall. Working for ten dollars a night, tap dancing for two shows in the Eagles Club. But marriage seemed like the end of all choice. And so I kept extending that golden period.
- In a brief 2012 interview, Steinem says she doesn't know about Girls (Frank Bruni had just written of the show, "Gloria Steinem went to the barricades for this?"); by February 2013, though, she approves: "I am so relieved to see real people saying real words and wearing real clothes."
- And for the New York 30th anniversary issue, she talks about her old-age plans:
In my old age really old age, since Im going to live past 100, I hope I would love to have a diner. A little diner with blue gingham curtains by the side of the road, because diners are the most democratic places. Everyone goes truck drivers go, people from the neighborhood, people in their tuxes after parties go. And theyre cheerful and cozy and you get just the kind of reward food you want. Theyre truly populist places. And in the back room, we could have a little revolutionary meeting from time to time.
Gloria's diner! We can just envision the sign. We'd love to go.
First to puke
It must be painful to Gloria that the woman who accomplished the most politically in modern times is Phyllis Schlafly.
Gloria’s Equal Rights Amendment was sailing through the ratification process and seemed unstoppable. But then Phyllis and her STOP ERA ladies out fought the self-styled feminists and stopped the additional states from ratifying the amendment to the constitution and even had three states rescind their ratification.
She has been irrelevant for at least 30-35 years. Why is someone writing about her now. Did she die?
Maybe she started dating again...
Remember, she says the first grope is free.
Time has not treated her well...
the evil has leaked to the surface.
A Birthday that would not exist if her mother had felt the same way about having a baby as she does.
What? This broad financed Ms Magazine from the deep pockets of her boyfriend, who propped the failing business up as a hobby for his Gloria.
Really, it wasn't her brains made her "successful". Go south a couple of feet of that to find her real money-maker.
So she had an early interest in show-biz, huh?
Can we really be so sure that her stint as a Playboy Bunny was the RESEARCH she so rigorously claimed as a Feminist..?
She has brains, sure, but my guess is that she probably made that up after she soured on that line of work.
"I once considered a show-biz career..."
**Maybe she started dating again...**
She got married a few years ago to some guy(?) down in Tahlequah with some Cherokee medicine man officiating.
Seriously? That’s how you speak to little old ladies and teenagers. Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t on this site. Clean up your typing.
The word “harridan” comes to mind, not someone I want to know.
...some Cherokee medicine man officiating.
That would explain the Ward Churchill hairdo. Honestly! Does she have no idea how hideous that style is?
She must be so proud of all of the millions of abortions she helped foster.