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Her 1970 anthology has been widely credited with helping to start the second wave feminist movement in the US, and was cited by the New York Public Library as “one of the 100 most influential books of the 20th Century”, along with those of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx. Magazine (a contributing editor since the mid-1970s and editor-in-chief from 1989 to 1994).

As the 1974 Iowa State University keynote speaker, Robin Morgan said that feminists hate men and that the movement wasn’t about equality but about women attaining power.

While threading into mainstream institutions so surreptitiously that few have been aware of it, this profoundly gynocentric (focused on women’s issues) and misandrist (anti-male) perspective has been addressed and sharply criticized both by self-described “equity feminists” and by academic research.

Twenty-four-year-old Katie Roiphe is the first of her generation to speak out publicly against the intolerant turn the women’s movement has taken, and in she casts a critical eye on what she calls the mating rituals of a rape-sensitive community.

From Take Back the Night marches to rape-crisis feminists and the growing campus concern with sexual harassment, Roiphe shows us a generation of women whose values are strikingly similar to those their mothers and grandmothers fought so hard to escape from – a generation yearning for regulation, fearful of its sexuality, and animated by a nostalgia for days of greater social control.

In contrasted “power feminism” with “victim feminism”, arguing that the latter promotes the “angelization” of women as victims that speak with a pure voice and inversely demonizes men as inherently amoral.

Wolf’s analysis of victim feminism echos the criticism that Betty Friedan made of female chauvinism which she defined as “the assumption that women have any moral or spiritual superiority as a class”.

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