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The Fading of Feminism

Writing her column the other day in a London newspaper, a feminist confessed that the women's movement that started some 25 years ago had "spluttered to a halt." Many a middle-aged feminist nowadays will tell you the same thing.

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    Peddlers of Virtue

    The recent controversy involving Olympic diving star Greg Louganis highlights more than the moral degeneracy of the latest poster boy for AIDS. When Louganis hit his head on the diving board and bled into the pool at the 1988 Olympics, the only...

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    Littler Women

    As the recent effort to remake Little Women suggests, Hollywood has remembered that an almost certain way to make a profitable film is to turn a bestselling children's classic into a movie.

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    Mailer on Madonna

    It is appropriate that Norman Mailer should be ga-ga over Madonna, since Mailer's own lifestyle has been rather— how shall I put it—eccentric, as reported by Hilary Mills in her book Mailer: A Biography.

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    Susan Sontag

    "Side by Side by Sontag" was the London Observer's headline describing an evidently turbulent scene at the last Edinburgh Festival. The comedian Simon Fanshawe spotted a famous couple hobnobbing hard together— photographer Annie Leibovitz and her...

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    Faux Amis in the Balkans

    Although the author of Witness to Genocide, the 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning "dispatches" on the "ethnic cleansing" of Bosnia, speaks American English, from the many awkward phrases in "his" book one might infer that someone other than Mr. Gutman...

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