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Though I can't speak for Gloria
Steinem, I think that I know
her and her work enough to answer
What does Gloria Steinem think
about marriage and fatherhood?
Marriage can be good thing if
the two people in it are equally
respected for what they bring
to the relationship. Marriage
no longer means that wives are
the possession of their husbands--so
it isn't the compromise that
it once was--and this is mostly
thanks to feminism. What feminists
have also fought for--and which
Gloria supports--is men being
more active fathers.
What is her opinion about love
In her book, Revolution From Within, Gloria has a chapter on love and romance, which
more specifically shares her
thoughts rather than any summation
I can give, which would be "she
has been in love many times
and most of them were romantic,"
so obviously she supports those
feelings, expressions and hopes
that everyone gets to have them
in their lives.
Do we need men in our lives?
(obviously not economically!)
Women don't "need" men, but
hopefully men and women want
each other. Also, if women do
want children and if they want
to live a certain lifestyle
that affords them certain things,
there is the reality that on
average women still make less
than men. This isn't to say
that women need men, but it
is to say that they often need
someone--a parent, a partner,
a sibling--who can help. Or
a village, like the African