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					•I- Sav»mrt Na*a Prm • Sunday, December 15.1991


Another Generation Is Discovering Feminism
                                                                                                                                              tween the ages of 18 and 30 have               are sick of feeling we have to stand           Social activism may not be a pri-
                                                                                               By LESLIE DREYFOUS                                                                                                                      ority when the rent must be paid,
                                                                                               Th»                                            turned away from feminism - re-                up to it. We want a feminism that's
                                                                                                                                              pelled, Ms. Faludi says, by a media-           more individual."                         food put on the table, recession
                                                                                                  Q: Are you a feminist?                      fueled stigma that depicts feminists               "I want equal pay for equal work.     pushed back from the doorstep. In
                                                                                                   A: "No, definitely not. Well, wait.        as little more than "a bunch of rabid          But you should be able to accom-          the eyes of many women, feminism
                                                                                               A feminist? Uh, what do you mean               women in silly hats."                          plish that as an individual," said Su-    is a luxury. The nightshlft is reality.
                                                                                               by that?" - Suzanne Foley, 19, sci-                Contrary to the caricatures,               zanne Foley, 19, a Harvard sopho-              "We don't have the same lives
                                                                                               ence student.                                  feminists are not obliged to hate              more. "It seems like feminism is          college women do. No one's asking
                                                                                                   Q: What is feminism?                       men. Nor do they necessarily en-               just a smokescreen/*                      how we feel about being women in a
                                                                                                   A: "You mean, what first conies            gage in lesbian relationships, advo-               Women steeped in college's pro-       world owned by men," said Sherrisa
                                                                                               to mind? Hard-core, angry women                cate violent revolution or bellyache           tective cocoon have a limited sense       Dove, 21, a hair-stylist in Cam-
                                                                                               who have a problem with men." -                any more than the average man.                 of sexism and other obstacles in          bridge, Mass. "We should be equal.
                                                                                               Yvette Lee, 19, liberal arts student.          Many even shave their legs.                    "the real world." Indeed, thanks to       But will we ever be? Nan. You just
                                                                                                   Q: Are you a feminist?                          "But there's a message out there          advances made over the last two           accept it. What else are you going to
                                                                                                   A: "A feminist? Whaddya mean?              that you can't help hearing: Femi-             decades, they might not sense dis-        do?"
                                                                                               Like those girls who are, like, real           nist women aren't as attractive. It's          crimination for years.                         Many feel isolated, unsure of
                                                                                               prissy and stuff?" - Sherrisa Dove,            part of the labeling," said Dan Ros-               Boundaries have been pushed           where to turn or unable to identify
                                                                                               21, hair stylist.                              si, 23, a recent graduate of the Uni-          back, barriers more cleverly hidden.      with what they've heard about femi-
                                                                                                   Q: What is feminism?                       versity of Hartford in Connecticut.                "People feel more integrated,         nism. Their perspectives on such is-
                                                                                                   A: "Uh. Er. I'm not sure exactly.              Over the last decade, opinion-             that everything is open. I think a lot     sues as abortion or stay-at home vs.
                                                                                               It's not something I've ever really            shapers and the media have bro>d-              of women and blacks feel that way,"        working moms are as different as
                                                                                               sat down and talked about before."             cast a powerfully mixed message:               said Cheryl Sanders, 45, a veteran        women themselves.
                                                                                                - Kelly McDaniel, 20, bank worker.            You've come a long way, baby. But              civil and women's rights activist.              Fissures open among younger
                                                                                                                                              at what cost?                                      "In reality, though, that's not        and older women, women of differ-
                                                                                                                                                  Even as they were assured the              true," said Ms. Sanders, a clinical        ent economic, racial or religious
                                                                                                   Give them equal pay for equal                                                                                                        backgrounds. But the heart of femi-
                                                                                               work, equal opportunity, equal re-             right to "have it all," women were             social worker in Stoneham, Mass.
                                                                                                                                               warned of a dire man shortage, the            "People have turned away from the          nism ultimately lies in securing a
                                                                                               spect. The beneficiaries of battles                                                                                                      full spectrum of choice for all wom-
                                                                                               waged by their elder sisters, young-           ticking of their biological clocks, the        issues. So when you run up against
                                                                                               er women expect equal rights. But               stress and burn-out, alcoholism and           disappointment, you're out there           en.
                                                                                                                                               loneliness, hair loss and split nails         alone."                                         "People just can't be on their
                                                                                               don't call them feminists.                                                                                                               own little island," said Paula Ka-
                                                                                                   Don't lump them with mannish                that go along with a challenging ca-              When Anita Hill alleged this fall
                                                                                               shrews or tether them to strident               reer.                                         that Clarence Thomas had sexually          men, 24, author of "Feminist Fa-
                                                                                               rhetoric. This generation came of                   They heard about Mommy Wars               harassed her, for the first time in a      tale." She's familiar with, and even
                                                                                               age during the Reagan era. Move-                and the Mommy Track, a great re-              long time women everywhere began           at times a bit intimidated by, the
                                                                                               ments are out, they say. No bleeding            turn to hearthside values and the             sharing their experiences with sex-        shrew's mantle assigned "women's
                                                                                               hearts or whiners. Be a player; get             trend toward quitting work to stay            ism at home and on the Job.                libbers."
                                                                                               in the game.                                    home with the kids - a trend statis-               It was a valuable dialogue. But in         "It's a battle between principles
                                                                                                   "It's not only been considered              tics suggest few can afford.                   the end, Thomas was confirmed to          and practicality. Women my age
                                                                                               uncool to be a feminist. It's been                  For all the hype, the presence of          the Supreme Court, and the soft-spo-      want a date on Saturday night," Ms.
                                                                                               uncool to have any aspiration to-               women in the labor force has grown             ken Republican returned to Oklaho-        Kamen said from Chicago. "But the
                                                                                  AP **<*>     ward change in society," said Susan             steadily by about SO percent since             ma with her motives and credibility       only way to destigmatize feminism
 NEW FEMINISM: Hair stylist Sherrisa Dove, 21, front, with co-work-                             Faludi, 32, author of the new bes*             1960. Child care, family leave, equal          doubted.                                   is to talk about it, help people see its
                                                                                               seller "Backlash: The Undeclartu                pay, flexible hours and other "femi-               Women saw clearly the downside         relevance."
 ers Karen Onnembo, 23, left, and Stacey Riley, 20, outside the Cam-                                                                                                                                                                         Though protest marches may be
                                                                                                War Against Women."                            nist issues" are more relevant than            of speaking up: the risk of humilia-
 bridge, Ma., hair salon where they work                                                                                                       ever.                                          tion, doubt, defeat. Many choose in-       rarer, feminism is very much alive.
                                                                                                   Today, women are being promot-                                                                                                            The movement has evolved into a
                                                                                               ed to jobs their mothers only                       But fighting for social change is a        stead to play it safe and remain si-
                                                                                               dreamed of holding in fields tradi-             concept foreign to many men and                lent. Deal with it, they tell them-       quieter network of grass roots com-
                                                                                               tionally dominated by men. They've              women who came of ag^ during the               selves. Get with the program.              munity activists. In factories,
     QUALITY CARPET                                                                            found a voice in the polls and a place
                                                                                               on the Supreme Court.
                                                                                                                                               Reagan-Bush era. For them, self-
                                                                                                                                               starting individualism has been as
                                                                                                                                                                                                  "They figure, *I can't change the
                                                                                                                                                                                              world. But I can carve a spot for
                                                                                                                                                                                              myself by playing my cards right,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         schools, insurance offices, union
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         halls and homes, from neighbor to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         neighbor, boss to employee, man to
                         LARGE SELECTION                                                           The war is over, many have de-              much an anthem as the "The Star-
                                                                                                                                                                                              by carrying the same briefcase,            woman, sister to brother, quiet pro-
                                                                                               clared. It's time to move on.                   Spangled Banner."
                  • ROLLS • ROLL ENDS                                                              Orisit?                                         "Most women I know want to b«              picking up the same values, remod-         gress continues.
                                                                                                   Women may not have to fight for             seen as an individual who can com-             eling my objectives to fit into the
                      • REMNANTS                                                               the right to hold a job, but they're            pete with men and their female                 male system,' " Ms. Faludi said.               "That's what women's liberation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is," said Kelly McDaniel, who works
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ria Spencer, a 21-year-old
               SPECIAL                                                                         still struggling to balance that job
                                                                                               and home. They're battling sexual
                                                                                               harassment, acquaintance rape and
                                                                                                                                               peers," said Claudia Deane, 25, a
                                                                                                                                               legislative aide in Washington, D.C.
                                                                                                                                               "They want to be seen as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                              Wellesley senior, is a vocal feminist.
                                                                                                                                                                                              But she's also a black woman with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         days at a bank in Plainfield, Ind.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and nights studying construction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         technology - one woman, one voice,
             LOW PRICES!                                                                       the intransigence of even the most
                                                                                               well-meaning men.
                                                                                                   Eighty percent of working wom-
                                                                                                                                               mainstream, and feminists tend to
                                                                                                                                               get stereotyped as something on the
                                                                                                                                               fringe."
                                                                                                                                                                                              college loans to pay off and limited
                                                                                                                                                                                              prospects in a tight job market.
                                                                                                                                                                                              She's looking at a sobering reality.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in a college classroom full of men.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             "If I speak up, there's shock. The
                                                       408                                     en hold traditionally "female" jobs.                Many believe the women's move-                 "You get out and there's pressure      guys don't get it at first. But it's still
                                                    Bonaventure                                They make about 72 cents to a man's             ment has outlived its usefulness:              to play the game," Ms. Spencer             the first step, letting them know,"
                                                                                               dollar. Those who have at least four            They argue that whether to promote             said. "Suddenly, you have to make          Ms. McDaniel said. "It's saying, 'I
                                                     Road Store                                years of college earn roughly the               women's or civil rights, programs              ugly decisions about whether to            am a woman. I am somebody. I
                                                                                                same median salary as men with »               like affirmative action are dinosaurs          practice what you preach, and what         have the right to be whoever I want
                      236-7173                          Only!                                  only a high school education. One                that only drag down the economy
                                                                                                                                                and drain self-esteem.
                                                                                                                                                                                              sacrifices to make."                       to be.'"
                                                                                                woman in four says she's been sexu-
                                                                                               ally harassed. Rape and domestic                    "I'm aware there's chauvinism
                                                                                               violence are on the rise.                       out there," said Yvette Lee, a stu-
        The Most Highly Acclaimed                                                                  This is not the calculus of equali-
                                                                                               ty. Nonetheless, many women be-
                                                                                                                                               dent at Wellesley, a women's college
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