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Women behaving badly

Are the loathsome anti-heroines of the new "city girl" books evidence that feminism has failed or succeeded too well?

By Angela Lambert   February 2000

“What does a woman want?” asked Freud, and did not stay for an answer. He thought he knew: she wanted a penis. Women have mocked the idea for 100 years but now, a generation after women’s liberation started to change things (in the west) it looks as though a penis is what they’ve got.

Until the early 1970s girls were girls and men were men. Men were expected to be rowdy and promiscuous when young; rational, decisive breadwinners until they retired; wise, authoritative and revered thereafter. Women were cast as frivolous, dependent, limited creatures-unless they were lucky enough to marry…

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