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It used to be a given that women would get this reference, but I don’t think it is any more, so I’ll explain. A lot of second-wave feminism used the slogan “Eve was framed” as a way to recontextualize familiar stories and challenge assumptions and — what is it critical theorists do? — problematize narratives and do all the other things that second-wave feminist commentary did.

To me, that whole debate is largely irrelevant, when many if not most women deal with far more pressing issues of inequality. Millions of women face daily deficits of food, income, health care, and nutrition — and run a higher risk of certain kinds of violence and death — for no other reason than their gender, and spelling it “womyn” isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference. For feminism to accomplish anything at all, we have to operate much lower on the Maslow pyramid.

That’s what the slogan means.

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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have just released Half the Sky, a book about women’s rights in the developing world. Goodreads has posted a nice interview with them. Sample quote:

Families in the developing world don’t care about human rights. They care about how much money is this woman costing them, how much is she bringing into the household. And if she has a job and is bringing in income, that elevates her status immediately.

Yes, yes, yes. This is the essence of practical feminism. I can’t wait to read their suggestions for action.

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