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Encyclopedia > Katha Pollitt

Katha Pollitt (born 1949) is an American feminist writer. She is best-known for her column "Subject to Debate" in The Nation magazine but has also published in numerous other periodicals, including The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Ms. magazine and the New York Times. In 1994, she published Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism, a collection of nineteen essays that appeared in The Nation and in other journals. Most of her Nation essays from 1994 to 2001 were collected in Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics and Culture, published by Modern Library. Before she became a regular columnist for The Nation, Pollitt edited its Books & the Arts section, and won a National Book Critics Circle Award for a volume of her poetry, Antarctic Traveller, in 1983. 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... The Nation logo The Nation is a weekly left-liberal periodical devoted to politics and culture. ... The New Yorkers first cover, which is reprinted most years on the magazines anniversary. ... An issue of Harpers Magazine from 1905 Another issue, from November 2004 Harpers Magazine (or simply Harpers) is a monthly general-interest magazine covering literature, politics, culture, and the arts. ... magazine Ms. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Much of Pollitt's writing is in defense of contemporary feminism and other forms of "identity politics," against perceived misimpressions by critics from all over the political spectrum; other frequent topics include abortion, the media, U.S. foreign policy, the politics of poverty (especially welfare reform), and human rights movements the world over. Her more controversial writings include "Not Just Bad Sex" (1993), a negative review of Katie Roiphe's The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism on Campus, and "Put Out No Flags" (2001), a Nation essay on post-9/11 America in which she explained her refusal to fly an American flag out her living room window. Katie Roiphe is the author of The Morning After: Fear, Sex and Feminism (1994). ...


Pollitt was once married to Randy Cohen, author of The New York Times Magazine column "The Ethicist," with whom she has a daughter. Randy Cohen is a U.S. writer and humorist now best known as the author of The Ethicist, a column originating in The New York Times Magazine and syndicated throughout the U.S. and Canada. ...


Criticism

Pollitt was criticized by Bernard Goldberg, who named her number 74 in his book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, because of her 2001 essay "Put Out No Flags". Goldberg criticized what he perceived to be her lack of patriotism in the time shortly after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Bernard Goldberg (1945 - ) was a reporter with CBS for nearly thirty years who won multiple Emmy Awards. ... 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America is a book by Bernard Goldberg that was published in 2005. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


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Katha Pollitt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (348 words)
Much of Pollitt's writing is in defense of contemporary feminism and other forms of "identity politics," against perceived misimpressions by critics from all over the political spectrum; other frequent topics include abortion, the media, U.S. foreign policy, the politics of poverty (especially welfare reform), and human rights movements the world over.
Pollitt was once married to Randy Cohen, author of The New York Times Magazine column "The Ethicist," with whom she has a daughter.
Pollitt was criticized by Bernard Goldberg, who named her number 74 in his book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, because of her 2001 essay "Put Out No Flags".
Off Our Backs: Katha Pollitt: Brilliant theories and economic realities (1389 words)
Katha Pollitt began her talk by noting that ten years ago it would have been hard to foresee such events such as the rise of the christian right, the downfall of communism worldwide, the globalization of the economy, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Pollitt said that several years ago, it seemed obvious to her that equality feminism better fit the realities of women's lives as they began to enter the work force and move beyond marriage and homemaking and would, therefore, render cultural feminism irrelevant.
Pollitt concluded that most women combine the mutually exclusive positions of equality and cultural feminism into their own world views, sometimes believing that women and men are equal, and sometimes believing that women are superior to men.
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