Sunday, March 09, 2008

On the Intergenerational Feminist "Catfight"

Following the now infamous Charlotte Allen piece that created such a blogstorm, the WaPo has printed a smart op-ed in their Outlook section by Courtney E. Martin and Deborah Siegel about the so-called feminist catfight over Hillary v. Barack that has most often been characterized as an intergenerational affair. Some of their election analysis wisdom:
Women are bound to disagree. Feminism itself remains one of the most dynamic movements -- the most debated, fought over, fought for, blamed and reclaimed -- of the past 40 years, in part because so much is at stake. Thoughtful conflict is clarifying. Genuine progress is born of debate -- the kind we are experiencing at kitchen tables, in coffee shops and in classrooms nationwide. How nice it would be if the media highlighted some of these passionate discussions. Can women disagree over candidates during primary season, just as men do, and still find common ground when it's time to elect our next Democratic president? Yes, we can. Yes, we will. Day One starts now.

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