Relationship of the Year: Man and Woman

ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING THINGS ABOUT THE 1991 Battle of the Sexes was that it was so full of surprises. After the feminist revolution of the '70s, the postfeminist age unrolled in the '80s amid musings about "mommy tracks" and the installation of diaper-changing facilities in airport men's rooms. By the '90s Americans were supposed to have moved on to more subtle issues about enhancing everyone's quality of life, letting women define themselves as individuals, letting men be warriors or frogurt eaters, as they choose.

The year's flash points, then, were all the more blinding. Surely Patricia Bowman, the accuser...

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