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Backlash and Betrayal

IT USED TO BE THAT feminism was a total woman thang. Outside of the nice white girls who filled women’s-studies classes because they wanted to learn to be bad, everyone was content to think of us as just a bunch of bra-burning pussy-loving antimale morons who were never gonna have any impact on the rest of the world so no one really had to give a damn. In other words, back in the day when feminist politics had a serious radical edge it was not a movement that everyone was dying to join, but neither was it a movement that everyone wanted to trash. At the peak of the contemporary feminist movement, after all, the patriarchal boys used to tell the world that every single one of us unruly girls could be tamed by just “one good fuck.”

Well, for many of us this life-transforming fuck never happened and we went right on telling the world that equal rights were for everybody, that gender roles had

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