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Maureen Dowd: 'Are Men Necessary?'

In today's sexual politics, are women equal — and are men even needed? That's the question New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd asks in her new book, 'Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide'.


How Ideas of Virtue Can Harm Women

Journalist, critic,and feminist Katha Pollitt writes frequently for "The Nation." The latest edition features her cover story, "Are Women Morally Superior to Men?" Pollitt was asked to sign a women's peace petition on the presumption that women were more naturally opposed to violence, having a special awareness of the precariousness of human life. Pollitt refused to sign and began to think about this assumption and the pitfalls for women who believe it.


Arlie Hochschild on "The Second Shift"

The feminist scholar looks at how women in dual-career partnerships are often responsible for most of the unpaid domestic work. Hochschild joins Fresh Air to discuss why men don't share this labor equally with their partners, and the toll this inequity takes on working women.


Feminism Versus the New Traditionalism

Critic-at-large Laurie Stone says that recent advertisements, TV shows, and theater betray a cultural shift toward a new traditionalism that debases feminism and expects women to return to conventionally feminine roles.


Gender Roles and Language.

Language Commentator Geoffrey Nunberg discusses whether it's possible, or even desirable, to eliminate gender bias in language.


Nostalgic Yearnings for Bygone Times

Guest critic David Marc looks at the growing popularity of 1950s TV sitcoms. He thinks the trend reveals a troubling desire for an idealized suburban culture where whiteness and paternal authority ruled.

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