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Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture


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Clara Zetkin Avenue

Scurrying around Manhattan on a blustery morning a few weeks ago, I

happened to glance up while waiting for the light to change in front of the

public library. Beneath the green and white sign reading Fifth Avenue was

another, also green and white, and printed in exactly the same lettering:

Clara Zetkin Avenue. Gee, I thought for a split second, if Rudy Giuliani is

naming a street for the grande dame of German socialism, he can't be as bad

as I thought. But will New Yorkers really start telling taxi drivers to

make a right on Zetkin? Then I saw the bent wires fastening the sign to the

post, and realized what was going on: Some lefty prankster was reminding us

that the next day, March 8, was International Women's Day.

Well, the great day came and went with barely a ripple of attention here in

the United States?although I understand that, over at the United Nations,

Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali gave a speech about the need to do

more for women, which in the case of the United Nations shouldn't be too

difficult. Maybe the local indifference is why I find myself filled with

gloomy thoughts about the worldwide situation of women. Here we are, at the

end of the twentieth century, and not only have hundreds of millions of

women around the globe yet to obtain even the barest minimum of human

rights, but the notion that they are even entitled to such rights is

bitterly contested.

Consider, for example, the horrors documented in the State Department's

annual human rights report, which focused on women this year for the first

time: genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, bride burning in

India, sexual slavery in Thailand, forced abortion and sterilization in

China. Imagine the firestorm of international protest if any of these

practices were imposed by men on men through racism or colonialism or

Communism! Well, you don't need to imagine: Just compare the decades of

global outrage visited, justly, on South Africa's apartheid regime for

denying political, civil and property rights to blacks, and the

cultural-relativist defense advanced on behalf of Saudi Arabia and other

ultra-Islamic regimes for their denial of same to women. Nobody's calling

on American universities and city governments to disinvest in those

economies. In Iraq and a number of other Middle Eastern countries that are

not theocracies, a man can with impunity kill any female relative he feels

is "dishonoring" him by unchaste behavior; in Pakistan, the jails are full

of women and girls, some only nine years old, whose crime was to be the

victims of rape. I suppose Benazir Bhutto will get around to them after she

finishes persuading the world that her mother is trying to undermine her

government because of a sexist wish to see a son, rather than a daughter,

in power.

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Pollitt, Katha
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Pollitt, Katha
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Women's Studies
Social Policy
Women's Studies - General
Public Policy - Social Policy
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
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Product details 368 pages Modern Library - English 9780679783435 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Katha Pollitt has been delighting, outraging, and inspiring readers of her column in The Nation for close to two decades. There is nobody who can call bad behavior and sloppy thought to order with the same concision and daring as she. This selection displays the full range of her indefatigable wit and brilliance. Each of the more than eighty essays forms a part of a consistent and passionately argued larger vision. A stirring new Introduction by the author offers a seasoned critique of the state of feminism and urges us to put our principles into action.
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