So, I will put up the first thread to talk about Gail Collins’ When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present on Wednesday, June 8, at 8pm EDT. Part I, the first three chapters, is just 60 pages, but we’ll see how far everyone gets…
My paperback copy reprints a Jezebel interview with Collins. An excerpt:
In your book… you write about two books, The Feminine Mystique and Sex & the Single Girl, both of which had a major impact on women’s consciousness. I wonder if it would be possible for a single book to have such an impact today.
Both of those books were partly the huge things they were because they just caught a moment… It’s harder to do that now, because once a thought gets out there it gets devoured so much faster, by so many.
Is that why there hasn’t been a clear successor to Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and other big names of the feminist movement?
No, it’s the same reason there’s not a clear successor to Dr. Martin Luther King. There are these crystal moments in history when something that’s so obviously wrong gets tackled in the context of a society that’s ready to hear it, and it happens very fast and it’s very dramatic. Everyone who’s part of it remembers it for the rest of their lives.
What else is everybody up to, on this fine Sunday evening?