The publication last November of Kate Bolick’s "All the Single Ladies
," a provocative essay on the disruption of the "romantic market" and the related phenomenon of solo living
, seemed to spark a renewed feminist verve. An ongoing political discourse
is now helping to keep contemporary feminism front of mind. Journalists are responding in kind, applying Steinem
-inspired ideology to current fashion and fads.
"Meet the Woman-Child"
: Following the feminist backlash
—and subsequent backlash to the backlash
—that accompanied the hyped premiere of HBO’s Girls
, staff writer Deborah Schoeneman
released a Kindle Single
tackling a separate feminist (or postfeminist
) phenomenon: the "woman-child." In an excerpt published on Jezebel
, Schoeneman writes that the woman-child suffers from "prolonged girlhood," obsessing over nail art, polka dots, and woman-child exemplars like Katy Perry. She prioritizes female friendship over romantic relationships, and, ultimately, would rather remain a child than have one. Blogger Megan Reynolds responded
at The Frisky
, rallying fellow glitter-enthusiasts and arguing for a multifaceted approach to modern feminism that leaves room for the occasional pink polka-dot manicure.
: NYU professor and oft
author Katie Roiphe
recently took Facebook-friendly moms to task in Financial Times Magazine
. In her article "Disappearing Mothers," Roiphe rails against the practice of using a photo of one’s child as a Facebook profile picture, citing the seemingly innocuous gesture as a sign of an eradicated identity. For Roiphe, the custom marks the "disappearance" of a woman as her own person and displays her motherhood surmounting all, even her physical being. Readers—moms and others—were quick to voice objections in the comments, labeling the argument shallow and wondering why Roiphe never mentions the dads out there who practice similar acts of "baby-profiling" and parental oversharing
"Boys on the Side"
: Much has been written recently about the decline of men as a professional
, and social
force. Journalist Hanna Rosin
just released a book
on the subject, in which she offers some statistical and anecdotal evidence to support the conjectured crumbling of the patriarchal structure. An excerpt from Rosin’s work, titled "Boys on the Side
," ran in the latest issue of The Atlantic
. In the piece, Rosin explores the collegiate hookup culture and argues that, far from being debased
by it, women are in fact propelling the trend for their personal and professional benefit. As is usually the case concerning articles about feminism and/or sexuality, responses were polarized