by Lauren Antler

…remedial Girly Studies

In her 30s, my mother was busy defining herself against her own lovely mother who seemed too passive, deferential, and self-sacrificing…and who wore nailpolish! My mother is a passionate feminist (academic). For a time, I really rebelled. I saw feminism as the territory of the academic who speaks in semi-colons. It was not until I realized how different my feminist strength was from other women around me that I had no choice but to say, “Fine. Yes, I am a feminist!”

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At 30…

The articles in this special section:

…sexy and funny

by Rachel Kranson

…leaving Mother Russia

by Margaret Gelbwasser

…remedial Girly Studies

by Lauren Antler

…no top-tier offspring—yet

by Raquel L. Lieberman

…lesbian mom seeks spa

by Rabbi Amber Powers

…redefining modesty

by Janel Moses