Sexes: The Scarlet Lady Fades to Pink

The new "Other Woman" pursues her career and scorns guilt

Susan K. has a good job, sturdy feminist principles and no interest, at the moment, in getting married. She also has a married lover, which makes her the prototype of The New Other Woman in Sociologist Laurel Richardson's book of that name (Free Press; $17.95). The old-fashioned mistress was usually depicted as a skulking and tragically trapped figure, racked by guilt. The newer version, born of feminism and the sexual revolution, says Richardson, is more blasé and confident about her life. "First of all, she doesn't want to get married, doesn't want to husband-steal," Richardson explains. "There are other things she...

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