Modern Living: Uncooperative

Ellen Cooperman, 30, is an ardent feminist. She is a member of the National Organization for Women and runs her own business, producing feminist films in Babylon, a Long Island town 37 miles east of Personhattan. Personhattan? Well, if Ellen had her way ...

Three years ago Cooperman decided that she could no longer tolerate the word man in her surname because of its sexist connotations. So she began using the name Cooperperson in her business and private life, explaining that it served as "a consciousness raiser." Soon friends were calling Ellen, who is divorced, and her child Brian (a nine-year-old male...

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