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OPENINGS: RACHEL LACHOWICZ

Does a woman’s sexuality correspond to what she looks like?. . . Does it bear any relation to the way in which commercial images represent it? Is it something women need to buy like a product? . . . Does all this mean we can’t wear lipstick without feeling guilty anymore?

Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth, 1990

CAMILLE PAGLIA MAY DENY it, but most intelligent adults acknowledge that a backlash against feminism has taken place over the last decade, making its presence felt in a variety of unfortunate ways. Media manipulation of everything from statistics to photographs has led many women born in the ’60s and ’70s—the so-called Third Wave, too young to remember the fights to legalize abortion and the Pill—to identify feminism with ugliness, man-hating, and strident behavior. Still, history has a way of advancing where it has retreated (if only eventually to retreat again). It comes as no

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