Time to turn my attention from only-childhood to sisterhood.
Iâ€™ve been following the thread on TPC in response to Jessica Valentiâ€™s â€œFeminist Sororityâ€ and am struck once again by the way feminists are repeating the personal, political, ideological infighting of the pastâ€”only this time, with a generational veneer.
I salute Jessica for raising these issues, and I canâ€™t wait for the release of her book (Iâ€™m with those who think the cover is savvy, though I understand the critique). Itâ€™s the response to her article that concerns me more than the article itself. So much pain, accusation, and hurtâ€”on both sides. Where is this taking us?
Coming back from a talk I gave at Rowan University last week to kick off Women’s History Month, where the audience was part NOW founders, part undergraduates, and part faculty/staff, Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about how young(er) women and veteran feminists can speak to each other in tones that enable their message to be heard. And the need for media-savvy feminists to forge bridges that steer the conversation away from intergenerational catfight and back to the issues we care about in common. I sincerely believe we have more in common than contradiction. And that the ever-widening age gap has the potential to diminish us all.