Tremors of Genderquake

A young feminist argues that women should unite to conquer, but her attention keeps wandering from the point

For the past decade or so, feminism has been taking a beating. Too extreme, according to critics of both sexes. Too splintered. Too lesbian. Too blinkered to recognize that most of the important goals have already been achieved. In addition, the movement's pioneers have distrusted younger feminists, accusing them of taking for granted gains that the older generation fought hard for.

Two years ago, that internecine friction was challenged by Gloria Steinem in Revolution from Within and especially by Susan Faludi in Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. You might call Naomi Wolf, whose Fire with Fire (Random House; $21)...

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