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Have a Glorious Birthday, Ms. Steinem
New York Magazine ^ | 3/25 | Maggie Lange

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 wouldn’t be so resentful when it didn’t 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 I’m 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 they’re cheerful and cozy and you get just the kind of reward food you want. They’re 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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: New York
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1 posted on 03/25/2014 12:16:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

First to puke


2 posted on 03/25/2014 12:19:29 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 12:26:57 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: nickcarraway

She has been irrelevant for at least 30-35 years. Why is someone writing about her now. Did she die?


4 posted on 03/25/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Maybe she started dating again...


5 posted on 03/25/2014 12:30:56 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Revolting cat!

Remember, she says the first grope is free.


6 posted on 03/25/2014 12:32:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: nickcarraway

Time has not treated her well...

the evil has leaked to the surface.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 12:33:09 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway

A Birthday that would not exist if her mother had felt the same way about having a baby as she does.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 12:38:29 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: nickcarraway
Back in her day, though.. the girl was easy on the eyes. Too bad radical politics grabbed hold of her soul.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 12:41:22 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ScottinVA
But nowadays... not so much..


10 posted on 03/25/2014 12:42:41 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: nickcarraway
Scrappy and smart and gutsy and generous — Gloria Steinem

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.

11 posted on 03/25/2014 12:43:45 PM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 12:48:35 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

"I once considered a show-biz career..."

14 posted on 03/25/2014 12:50:21 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Resolute Conservative

**Maybe she started dating again...**

She got married a few years ago to some guy(?) down in Tahlequah with some Cherokee medicine man officiating.


15 posted on 03/25/2014 12:52:59 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: gura; Admin Moderator

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.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 1:19:56 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: ScottinVA

The word “harridan” comes to mind, not someone I want to know.


17 posted on 03/25/2014 2:28:56 PM PDT by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

...some Cherokee medicine man officiating.

&&&
That would explain the Ward Churchill hairdo. Honestly! Does she have no idea how hideous that style is?


18 posted on 03/25/2014 2:29:03 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: nickcarraway

She must be so proud of all of the millions of abortions she helped foster.


19 posted on 03/25/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT by LumberJack53213
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