Posts Tagged ‘feminism’

Last month my grandson responded to my post about the counter-culture with this message:

“In your post on the 60s counter-culture in your blog, you mentioned the feminine point of view. I talked to a couple of my female friends from school a few months back, asking what they thought it means to be female. I thought two of my more staunchly feminist friends would have a good idea, but I got the impression that they denied gender differences rather than embraced them. I suggested that they might come to a new answer once (or if) they became mothers, but I was just speculating. Gender roles are what people make of them, but, in my experience, the idea of masculinity is a meaningful one. So what do you think the feminine qualities are?”

I responded with a brief essay to which Luke sent this response. When I wrote back to him (my-response-to-luke), addressing some of his points, I said that I wondered what his female friends think.

He gave my essay to a young woman friend of his and she has written her response.

If you have been following this discussion, you will want to read what Stephanie has to say, and you will not be disappointed. Her brief essay is brilliantly written and passionately thoughtful. I was excited to find a young woman who identifies herself as a feminist and explains why other girls dissociate themselves from feminism. Her response is here.


After reading what Stephanie had to say, I couldn’t resist letting her know my thoughts, which you can read here.


It has been a delight for me to have this conversation with Luke and Stephanie. I hope some of you will enjoy our exchanges, too.

By the way, the book by Doris Lessing that I referred to in my message to Stephanie is titled, The Cleft. What an image, eh?

Okay, now that I’ve taken care of that, I really can get back to stitching.

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For those of you who are interested, you can read my 17-year-old grandson’s response to my essay here:


The IB classes he refers to are International Baccalaureate courses.

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