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Steinem preaches a message to the privileged

It’s hard to believe that for 40 years Gloria Steinem has been preaching a message that privileged women are pathetic victims — and even harder to believe that anyone still takes her seriously (“A message about gender, then and now,” Page A1, March 21). This was especially glaring given the juxtaposition of the front-page article about Steinem with one about single mothers trying to make their way in a world where the economics do not work for them (“Crunch hits single mothers hard”).

Steinem’s feminist views have always seemed to be directed to women complaining about what they should be called, and have been expressed with silly symbols such as “Take Your Daughter to Work Day,” rather than being aimed at the woman who wonders whether she can pay the gas bill and buy groceries with this week’s paycheck.

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