In the Labyrinth of #MeToo


Taking stock of what the movement has been about.

Yet even lacking the imperial powers of the Bull-Boss, they have become targets of a feminism that has gotten derailed from its most serious goals—namely, addressing the severe injustices inherent in our sex-gender system. Abortion clinics close, countless women suffer from domestic abuse, women workers endure a significant gender pay gap (earning, on average, 80 percent of what men make), female CEOs fail to break through that glittery glass ceiling (making up just five percent of the Fortune 500 list). And let’s not forget that when Hillary Clinton ran for president, hordes of red-capped Trump supporters enthusiastically chanted Lock Her Up! at all those raucous rallies.

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Sandra M. Gilbert — The American Scholar

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Don’t Race Through a Great Book


Even though, I completely agree with the title of today’s needull, I always end up rushing through the novel to find out how the story is moving. Currently, I am reading Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. There are moments when I have to remind myself to read a paragraph again because I had not understood what the writer was saying but nevertheless had moved ahead.

Just as important as our lively discussions of the novel’s content was a more lasting gift: the experience of reading for pleasure. “I think David Copperfield has made me want to read more often for enjoyment than just for school,” one student wrote. “The page count and flea-sized text gave me a scare at first, but I will admit that [David Copperfield] has become one of my favorite books,” wrote another. They all said that they had looked forward to reading the novel. It filled the gaps in their day and cropped up in conversations with their friends. They even called their parents to talk about it. They were sad to see it end. And so was I.

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Paula Marantz Cohen — The American Scholar

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