A couple of points,
It's unfortunate, but feminism is actually part of the cause of womens' dilemma. Constant pressure to "be equal," prove their independence/equality and exude their new role in an alleged man's world has done nothing but add to the already existing pressures women have in life.
And speaking of pressure, we all experience it: Its part of life. Attaining success and recognition is never easy, for a man or a woman.
Regarding respect, I'm not sure why some writers think that woman had earned no respect BEFORE the advent of the latest womens movement. That is certainly not the case. Perhaps it warms the hearts of feminists to believe they've "saved" woman from man. Or perhaps, by helping to create the very dilemma spoken of above, they just want to make sure all women are as stressed and miserable as they are.
May 2 2007 - 11:40am