I’ve heard midlife women fretting recently that younger women today aren’t feminists and that they think all the battles have already been won. Not so, according to a very smart post by Katha Pollitt about Feminism’s Generation War.
Pollitt gives a knowledgeable overview and concludes that the grievances among older and younger women come down to a conflict between older women’s desire to retain control of the movements they started and the younger women’s need for recognition and authority.
She closes this way:
“It’s only natural for people to want to stay in charge of the movement they poured their life energies into – “Get your own damned torch,” Robin Morgan famously told a young woman who intimated it was time to pass hers on. “I’m still using mine.” As I’ve written many times, young women in a hurry should use their fabulous social networking skills to start their own organisations. After all, that’s what their mothers – and fathers – did, not so very long ago.”